Lindsay Horton, MS2
BS, Neuroscience 2007, Tulane University
MS, Neuroscience 2008, Tulane University
Past Research Experiences
I participated in basic science research during my undergraduate career. I first worked in a neuroscience laboratory investigating an animal model of memory and the effect of estrogen on memory.
Following my research in the neuroscience lab, I wanted to gain experience in another type of field. I decided to work in a psychology lab, investigating the effect of delayed auditory feedback on stuttering. It was hypothesized that delayed auditory feedback induces stuttering in non-stutterers.
During the summer following my first year at UTSW, I began research in a Neurology lab, specifically focusing on Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this lab, we hypothesized that vascular risk factors, such as increased levels of homocysteine, would correlate with areas of cerebral atrophy commonly found in AD patients.
Current Areas of Interest/Research
I am still interested in neurology research and am planning on possibly spending time doing research in another aspect of neurology, such as pediatric neurology or epilepsy.
Current Professional Trajectory
I am planning on participating in the Doris Duke program following my third year, so that I can gain more exposure to clinical research. I ultimately would like to have a career in academic medicine.
"Personal Words of Wisdom"
Choose a lab very carefully, and ask other students for their advice, as that is often the best way to find out about specific labs. You should start considering available opportunities early because some research mentors only take one or two students each summer.
UT Southwestern Medical Student Research Forum 2010: "Association of Vascular Risk Factors and White Matter Hyperintensities with Regional Cerebral Atrophy in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) cohort."
American Academy of Neurology Meeting 2010: "Association of Vascular Risk
Factors and White Matter Hyperintensities with Regional Cerebral Atrophy in
the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) cohort."