Name: Lindsay Schleifer
Title of Project: How Neural Cells Acquire an Identity: Role of Calcium Signaling and Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels in Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specification
Advisor: Margaret Saha
Honors Department: Biology
My project involves studying calcium’s role in neuronal development and whether there are different patterns of spontaneous calcium activity in neurons that aide in specifying whether it will have an excitatory or inhibitory neurotransmitter phenotype. I am now studying the role of calcium channels in this process, and am excited to move forward with learning about this lesser understood aspect of development.
The Honors Fellowship allows me to stay in Williamsburg for the summer and perform research for 10 weeks without taking classes. I am able to gather necessary data and focus all of my efforts towards my research, and I am very thankful for this opportunity!
Hometown: Round Hill, VA
Future Plans: I am planning on attending medical school and am currently very interested in a future in Neurology or Radiology.
Campus Activities: I am involved in SOMOS (Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability), love being an orientation aide for incoming students, and tutor with the Tribe Tutorzone.
Hobbies: I love riding my horse – I ride Western and try to follow Parelli Natural Horsemanship. I also enjoy fitness classes at the Recreational Center, particularly Body Combat.
Fun Fact: I have two hairless dogs who I think are the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen. Some would say that I have a mild obsession with hairless animals.
Follow Lindsay’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!