Thomas is a senior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. Specifically, he is interested in neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders. Thomas hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist after graduation. In the lab, he studies acute stress-induced neuroinflammation in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. In addition to the Cooper Lab, Thomas works as a Cognitive Extern at the Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Clinic.
Annie is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is interested in how emotional intelligence and resiliency manifest in brain chemistry as well as behavior.
Neha is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with aspirations to become a doctor at Vanderbilt. In addition to helping with small tasks around the lab, she works on Megan Cannon's "Flip Project" by scoring behavior on female Syrian Hamsters. Some of her other responsibilities separate from the lab include being a Peer Mentor for the University, and an undergraduate teaching assistant for a Biology 159 Lab.
My name is Matt Jenkins and I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in biology. After graduating I plan on attending a Physician Assistant program. I am very interested in how neural mechanisms influence behavior and psychopharmacology. In the lab I am currently studying how social status and inflammation affect stress related coping strategies in Syrian hamsters.
Sydney is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in public health. She is specifically interested in the relationship between pharmacodynamics and neurobiological mechanisms and how these relations manifest in behavioral responses. Aside from working in the lab, she is the journal club leader and social media chair of the Advancement of Neuroscience club. She’s also involved with Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health society. After undergrad, Sydney wants to enter a doctoral program for Neuroscience in hopes of working in industry for a company such as the NIH.