GradImpact: Understanding the Biology of the Nervous System

    Megan Perkins, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the University of Vermont, received the 2018-2019 Rodney L. Parsons Anatomy and Neurobiology Award and plans to use the award for professional and career development opportunities. Perkins’ research examines a population of cells in the bladder called interstitial cells using biochemical processes to better understand “the role of interstitial cells in the sensitization of afferent nerves in bladder disorders, specifically interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”


    Perkins contributed to national Brain Awareness Week last March, participating in educational outreach to local elementary school students. In addition to her research, Perkins has served as the student coordinator for the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) Student Journal Club, which provides graduate students the opportunity to gain experience with research presentations and critical reviews of literature in the neuroscience.


    Perkins received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she worked with a cognitive psychologist in the field of behavioral economics. After she completes her doctorate, she plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship and hopes to become more involved in scientific communication and advocacy. To learn more about Megan’s work visit the University of Vermont website.


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