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Aliya Frederick – Graduate Student
Aliya couldn’t decide between an MD and PhD so she decided to go for both! Aliya is a graduate of the Univ. of Maryland, is a Neuroscience student, and in some circles is better known as “Nila’s mom”. Aliya’s focus is on functionally selective signaling of the dopamine D1 receptor, and she uses a mix of behavioral and biochemical techniques in her studies.
Heather Hollis – Research Assistant
Heather is a graduate of Austin Peay and the “lab glue” (or is that goo?). She is probably the only one who can find that last box of parafilm… Heather keeps the PI in line, does a lot of biochemistry, and hates fluorescent in situs. In her free time, she is a referee for the Nashville Rollergirls - that also comes in handy for any lab bickering. She has previously been described as someone's "lab hero", although we are not sure that person was entirely sane.
Devon hails from Pittsburgh PA and has brought with her a love for the word “yunz” (which we still prefer to “y’all”), all things Steelers, and all things pickled. She is a toxicologist and behavioral pharmacologist and is working on the regulation of dendritogenesis and interneuron differentiation. We just wish she wouldn't be so enthusiastic all the time.
Matt Buendia – Research Assistant
Matt “Babyface” Buendia manages our colonies, genotypes galore and runs immunohistochemistry, immunoblot and behavior experiments like nobody’s business. He never visits his family back in Chattanooga. He plans to leave us for medical school as soon as possible, so Gregg is busy sabotaging his applications.
Rebecca Bluett – Vanderbilt Undergraduate
Becca is now a Vanderbilt senior majoring in Neuroscience and causing trouble. She hails from Spokane, Washington and splits her time between the lab and the neurobehavior core. She is focusing on novel interactions between dopamine and serotonin receptors. We missed her terribly last spring when she left us for New Zealand and are happy to have her back (we think)!
Tommy Saborido – Research Assistant
Tommy aka "T Money" is the RA for the Conte Center’s Biobehavioral Core but we consider him part of the lab too. He is a “mouse whisperer” and much stranger than he seems when you first meet him. His wife is getting a PhD in English, so we know he is motivated to keep his job to support her. He hails from Chico, CA which we know better as the place where Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes from.
Welcome also to new work-study students Stanley Wang and Kristen Findley who have agreed to help and be tortured by us for the upcoming academic year!