Principle Investigator

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Michelle T. Tong, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology/Neuroscience

Michelle Tong is interested in molecular mechanisms of long-term memory (LTM). Building upon her expertise in psychopharmacology and the role of intracellular signaling pathways in LTM, the Tong Research Group has turned its focus to the role of perineuronal nets in learning and memory.

Michelle received her PhD in behavioral and evolutionary neuroscience from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She received a B.Sc in psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, ON. Michelle is an avid reader and enjoys cooking for friends.

Undergraduate Researchers

Current

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Arish Mudra Rakshasa

Neuroscience & Biochemistry, 2019

Project: "The Effect of Social Interaction on Chronic Stress-Induced Aberrant Decision-Making in Mice" (Supported by a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research grant)

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Khyrul Khan

Biochemistry, 2019

Project: "Perineuronal Nets expression in olfactory perceptual learning" (Supported by Indiana Academy of Sciences)

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Flannery Currin

Psychology & Computer Science, 2019

Project: "Group projects that require interdependence increase cross-disciplinary perceptions of value"

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Aishat Sadiq

Neuroscience, 2019

Project: "Perineuronal Nets mRNA expression following olfactory perceptual learning" 

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Jerilyn Gillenwater

Neuroscience, 2020

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice" (Supported by McNair Scholars Program)

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Abhay Chaudhary

Chemistry & Mathematics, 2019

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice"

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Mallory Crosby

Neuroscience, 2020

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice" (Supported by NSF No. 1559992)

Alumni

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Abdusalem Awol

Biochemistry, 2019

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Valentina Martin

Biomedical Engineering, 2021 (University of Miami)

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Anthony Maggard

Neuroscience, 2018

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Maren Schroeder

Neuroscience, 2018

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Kayla Trevino

Neuroscience, 2018

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Swati Pant

Biochemistry, 2019

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Naomi Ongjanco

Neuroscience, 2019

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Olivia Wallace

Biochemistry, 2017