Honors Fellowships

Claire Tocheny

Tocheny, ClaireName: Claire Tocheny
Title of Project:
 The Impact of Environmental and Genetic Perturbation on the Regulation of Apoptosis in Neural Development
Advisor: Margaret Saha
Honors Department: Biology

My project will investigate how programmed cell death, a process by which a cell will deliberately kill itself, effects the formation of a properly functioning nervous system and is regulated in a stressful environment. Understanding how programmed cell death is regulated under stressful conditions may shed light on the role it plays in the pathology of many neurodegenerative diseases.

The Honors Fellowship will provide me with crucial funding and time to conduct many of the tests needed to investigate this topic.

Hometown: Salem, CT
Majors: Biology
Future Plans: I plan to apply to M.D./Ph.D programs, and to conduct bio-medical research.
Hobbies: Cycling, hiking, volunteering at Heritage Humane Society, and tutoring
Fun Fact: I love riding on roller coasters- the faster the better! I am, however, deathly afraid of ferris wheels.


Follow Claire’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!