Tiara Lacey

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Tiara Lacey

NAME: Tiara Lacey

YEAR OF STUDY: Senior

MAJOR(S): Biology

MENTOR(S): Dr. Chris Markham, Morehouse College

DEPARTMENT(S): Psychology

SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: NIH, RISE

HONORS:

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

  • 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.

 

CONTACT

Email: rise@spelman.edu
Telephone: (404) 270-5713
(404) 270-5796
Address:
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 310
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location:
Tapley 412

ABOUT RISE

The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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