Perhaps it's something in the water of the Winder lab? This month, we're featuring not just one but two undergraduate students from this Vanderbilt neuroscience lab. Both of April's featured undergraduate SIM researchers are ambitious and devoted student researchers while nurturing their personal and social lives through being active members of unique campus organizations.
Meet the second student researcher of our April double-feature: Austin Isaac.
Researching in the Winder Lab for his Honors Neuroscience Thesis, Austin is studying the activity of guanfacine, a drug in clinical trials for treatment of addiction and stress-induced relapse. In particular, he is investigating guanfacine’s effects in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) to help develop a model for the protein mechanism and neural circuitry activated upon guanfacine administration. Designing and completing experiments from start to finish, Austin has used RNAscope technique to generate significant data that classifies BNST neurons by protein presence and guanfacine activation.
Austin volunteers in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and holds leadership positions in Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Vanderbilt Student Government, and The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, cooking new meals, and spending time outside. He aspires to become a neurosurgeon and use his proficiency in Spanish to volunteer with medical brigades in Central and South America.
¡Mantener el buen trabajo, Austin!