Graduate Student: Brandon Roberts (Neuroscience)
Current research topic:
characteristics of hindbrain neurons associated with feeding.
This includes looking at glucose, ghrelin and CCK sensitivity (along
with other drugs) in the NTS and other catecholamine containing hindbrain
regions. The majority of this work is done using electrophysiology and molecular
biology techniques using the mouse model.
"I have many hobbies and little time! I enjoy cooking and baking; it
reminds me of science. I also love music - writing, playing, and listening.
Installing stereo systems, recording music; I'm consumed by all aspects of
music. I mainly play guitar, bass, and piano. I also enjoy electronics, from
simple circuits to the complex (the brain is the best example here). With this,
I like to fix anything I can- cars, computers, instruments, people- as long as
it's broken to begin with! I also like the outdoors. I grew up camping, hunting,
and fishing. I can't forget traveling either. I love to see the world. I've been
to Europe numerous times, but I have still failed to see the biggest attractions
in the U.S. Yard work is relaxing for me because I can see progress. I've also
dabbled in many different sports, with swimming/diving, soccer, Judo, karate,
and skateboarding all being at the top of my list. If I've made it through all
these things by the end of the day and still have time, you’ll probably find me
online playing PS3 or streaming a movie on Netflix."
Year entered PhD Program: