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Donahue, Margaret
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Margaret (Meg) Donahue

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Neuroscience


INS Graduate Student - Colgin Lab

mmdonahue@utexas.edu


Office Location
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I am interested in studying memory systems and dynamics. Specifically, I study the physiology of the hippocampus and how neuron activity represents environments and supports memory processes. I am currently working on two projects. The first aims to identify abnormalities in hippocampal activity in a rat model of Fragile X Syndrome, the leading monogenetic cause of autism. Another examines how environmental complexity affects the activity in the hippocampus that is important for memory stabilization and consolidation.

Over the course of my career, I have learned several techniques to support this research. I have experience with in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, and rodent behavior. Additionally, I have been able to develop my skills in writing and communication by writing about and presenting original research at poster sessions, seminars, and thesis defenses. I have also applied for and been awarded various grants for summer research and traveling to regional and national conferences in order to present original and co-authored research. Outside of research, I'm interested in developing my skills in science communication and leadership in order to pursue a career in science and public health policy.

 

Previous education:

     MS, Neuroscience, University of Delaware (May 2018)

     BS, Neuroscience, University of Delaware (May 2017)