Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention Spring 2016
Babbidge Scholar Spring 2015, 2017
SURF Fellow Summer 2016
Lt. Paul Drotch Memorial Scholarship Recipient Spring 2015
OUR Supply Award Fall 2015, 2016
Shannon has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience with a specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Rhode Island where she researched in the labs of Dr. Jodi Camberg, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Dr. Nasser Zawia, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a graduate student, Shannon researched protein misfolding in Alzheimer’s disease and focused on understanding the role of AAA+ chaperone protein interactions with misfolded proteins, aggregated proteins, and amyloids. Currently, Shannon is researching stem cell dynamics in the ventricular-subventricular zone neural stem cell niche and investigating the effects of ventricular enlargement and hydrocephalus on neural stem cell-mediated repair mechanisms, proliferation, and differentiation in the ventricular-subventricular zone niche.
Awards: Graduate Student Fellowship, George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, University of Rhode Island; Enhancement of Graduate Research Award (EGRA) Grant, University of Rhode Island; Poster Prize at the Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Association Conference, 2015
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology Minors: Molecular and Cell Biology &
Health Care Management and Insurance Studies
Spring 2017 IBACS Undergraduate Research Fellowship
New England Scholar 2016
Ben is a junior pre-medical student from Shrewsbury MA, looking to study neuro-musculoskeletal medicine and to receive his MBA in Healthcare Management. He was recently recognized as a University Scholar for his research efforts in the Conover laboratory, where he currently uses mouse models to study the development of the lateral ventricles. Specifically, he focuses on tracking the lineage of the neuroepithelial stem cells in the V-SVZ stem cell niche. The main goal of his research is to evaluate the mechanisms of normal and hydrocephalic brain development using spatiotemporal characterization of stem cell differentiation in order to progress the research in this area and to provide clinical practitioners with the knowledge necessary to enhance treatments for and diagnoses of hydrocephalus. In his free time, Ben enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, biking and many other outdoor activities. He is a member of the UConn Marching Band and Pep Band and is a member of Engineering Ambassadors, an organization that inspires young students to pursue STEM related careers. Upon graduation from UConn he plans to pursue a one year course work masters degree before entering into medical school.