Honors Fellowships

Cassandra Leong

Leong, CassandraName: Cassandra Leong
Title of Project:
 Restoration of Attention Through Intermediate Mechanisms
Advisor: Joshua Burk
Honors Department: Neuroscience

This project investigates the effect of protein kinase C activator on behavioral performance in an animal model of Alzheimer’s Disease. I will be studying a way to bypass the damaged attention pathway and restore function through treatment at the intermediate level, affecting PKC levels.

This Fellowship provides the resources required to begin work on my project. We will be working with specific pharamcological techniques, which can be expensive, especially with the number of animals necessary to suggest significant results. The project also requires many hours of daily attendance to the animal’s behavioral testing. With this Fellowship, I am able to spend my summer working in the lab.

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Majors: Neuroscience
Future Plans: I hope to go on to study behavior and its underlying neuroscientific mechanisms in graduate school. After more research in the field, I would like to work toward practical applications of my and other current research through attending medical school.
Hobbies: Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician at the Williamsburg Fire Department, Painting and Abstract art, Cooking ethnic cuisine and baking
Fun Fact: My family is multicultural, with Chinese, Slovakian, British Isles, and Ecuadorian. A few years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands with my cousins. The wildlife was amazing, especially for a student in the biological sciences. We even got to meet the 100-year-old giant tortoise, Lonesome George!

 

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