Sikoya Ashburn, B.S., B.A.
B.S. -- Duke University, 2012, Neuroscience
B.A. -- Duke University, 2012, Spanish
Sikoya graduated from Duke University in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A in Spanish. While at Duke, she began research in Michael Platt’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. There she investigated the role of serotonin in risk behaviors by examining knock-out mice missing dopamine or serotonin transporters. As a senior, she worked in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) with Dr. Michele Diaz, where she analyzed resting state data and the effects of warm/cold word cues on gambling. Before matriculating into the IPN, Sikoya worked at Georgetown University as a Research Assistant for an Alzheimer's disease (AD) study with the goal to use fMRI to find a novel biomarker for AD under the direction of Dr. Xiong Jiang. At this time, she was also a scanning MRI technician for the Center of Functional Magnetic Imaging (CFMI) with Dr. John VanMeter. Presently, under the mentorship of Dr. Guinevere Eden, she investigates the involvement of the cerebellum during reading and across development.
email: sma250 at georgetown.edu