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Edith Brignoni-Pérez, B.A.

B.A. –- University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, 2013, Psychology

Edith graduated from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked for two years under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory J. Quirk exploring the neural circuits of active-avoidance expression in rats using pharmacological inactivation during a novel platform-mediated avoidance task. In the summer of 2012, she studied the influence of acute stress on extinction recall in humans at New York University, mentored by Dr. Elizabeth A. Phelps. After graduation, Edith completed a one-year NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program fellowship in the Brodkin Lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying social behaviors in transgenic mouse models relevant to negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Edith joined the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience in 2014. For her thesis research she is studying the brain basis for reading in bilingual children under the mentorship of Dr. Guinevere F. Eden. In addition to her passion for research, Edith is involved in several outreach efforts, such as educational collaborations with non-profits, science-into-the-community initiatives, science teaching, recruitment of underrepresented populations into science and higher education, and mentoring of school-aged and college students.

email: eb945 at georgetown.edu

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