NAME: Tiara Lacey
YEAR OF STUDY: Senior
MENTOR(S): Dr. Chris Markham, Morehouse College
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: NIH, RISE
Phi Beta Kappa Society, Spring 2017
Spelman College Dean’s List, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
2nd Place Psychology Oral Winner Spelman College Research Day, Spring 2016
Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient, Spring 2014
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
Currently, Tiara conducts research at Morehouse College, Department of Psychology in Atlanta, GA under the
mentorship of Dr. Chris Markham where she studies social defeat stress in male Syrian hamsters.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:
Harvard Medical School, Division of Medical Sciences,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program
June 2017-August 2017, Undergraduate Research Intern
This past summer Tiara participated in Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) at Harvard Medical School where under the mentorship of Dr. Alex Toker and Dr. Laura Ghisolfi she explored whether xCT is regulated by the PI3K-AKT pathway at the post-translational level.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Boston, MA
Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science
June-July 2016, Research Trainee
Summer 2016 Tiara was selected to be in the Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS) program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she worked with Dr. Paulette Chandler on modeling the effects of race on breast cancer risk in the VITAL Breast ancillary study.
Yale University, Department of Psychiatry New Haven, CT Biomedical Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program June-August 2015, Research Assistant
Summer 2015 Tiara was selected to conduct research in the Biomedical Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
(SURF) Program at Yale University through the Leadership Alliance where she worked under the guidance of Dr.
Marina Picciotto and her post-doctoral fellow Dr. Megan Miller. Her specific project was to characterize the calcium- calmodulin dependent protein kinase II alpha (CaMKIIa) in the mouse ventral tegmental area (VTA).
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS:
This fall Tiara is applying to Neuroscience and Biomedical and Biological Science (BBS) PhD programs.
- Submitted and under review:
The effect of voluntary exercise on social defeat stress in Syrian hamsters
Rody C. Kingston a , Michael Smith b , Tiara E. Lacey c , Malcolm A. Edwards b , Chris M. Markham b*
Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211, USA
Department of Psychology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 30314, USA
Department of Biology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 30314, USA
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
In addition to research, Tiara also serves at the 2017-2018 Spelman Student Government Association Vice President.