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Laura Cortes

Grad Student    
Biography

Laura graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Neuroscience where her interest in sex differences and hormones started while working with Dr. Juraska. As an undergraduate in the Juraska Lab, she delineated development of dopaminergic fibers across adolescence, and as a lab technician she helped find that stress during puberty results in increased anxiety- and depressive-like behavior in female, but not male, rats. At Georgia State, she is investigating the role of epigenetics in the sexual differentiation of the mouse brain in Dr. Nancy Forger’s lab.  For fun, she enjoys hiking and relaxing under trees, cooking and drinking wine with friends, and reading biographies about famous scientists and artists.