My name is Laura, and I am currently a 5th year Neuroscience PhD candidate at The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Over the past 5 years, I’ve worked under the guidance of Dr. Amynah Pradhan on behavioral and molecular projects related to migraine and the delta opioid receptor. I’ve characterized a novel mouse model of post-traumatic headache, and also focused on demonstrating the effectiveness of delta opioid receptor agonists in multiple headache models. We have published multiple papers and reviews about this exciting work, and you can find those samples under the “Projects” tab.
You may be wondering, “Laura, why spend 5 years of your life poking mice?” And really, the answer is simple. I love the brain. Why we do what we do is fascinating, and figuring out a piece of that puzzle has always been something that I wanted to do. As I conducted research, I also began to love communicating my science through writing and presentations. This infatuation with science communication has led me to medical writing, and I am now excited to help scientists from a range of disciplines communicate their research. If you’d like to collaborate on a science communication project, please contact me!When I’m not nerding out on neuroscience, I’m spending time with my family. Above you’ll find my wife, an active duty U.S. Marine, and not pictured is our fluffy rescue kitty, Candy Cane. In addition to being an LGBT military spouse, I am so lucky that I get to also be a Pat Tillman Scholar. I am a huge advocate for our active duty military, veterans, and especially my fellow military spouses. The following quote from Marie Tillman resonates with me, and it truly inspires me to live a life that is meaningful.
“When Pat asked me to live, he didn’t mean just that I should travel and have fun, although that was certainly part of it. He also meant that there’s a weight to all of our lives, and he didn’t want me to be frivolous with mine. It was a tragedy that Pat’s life – while fully lived – was cut short. But it’s also a tragedy to live a long life that isn’t meaningful.” Marie Tillman