Leah is interested in the cellular underpinnings of motivated behaviors. This interest has taken many forms over the years. While working toward a B.A. in neurobiology at Northwestern University, she studied eating behavior in pediatric kidney patients and movement in C. elegans. Since then, she has worked as a technician in University of Minnesota labs studying neuropathic pain and oligodendrocyte development. In and beyond graduate school, she plans to study the mechanisms by which reproductive hormones affect the reinforcing properties of social and sexual stimuli.
While rotating in the Petrulis lab, she is using Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) to investigate bed nucleus of the stria terminalis function in mouse social behavior. In the Murphy lab, she will study the mechanisms by which pain changes the body’s response to morphine.
D. Terzic, J. Maxon, L. Krevitt, C. DiBartolomeo, T. Goyal, W. Low, J. Dutton, A. Parr. Directed Differentiation of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells From Mouse Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Cell Transplantation (in press). PMID: 25955415