President's List @ CSULB
Distinguished Student in the College of Liberal Arts @ CSULB
PSI CHI (Psychology Honor Society)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
Outstanding Senior in Dept. Psychology, 2003
Lucio Morales Award, 2003
As of July 1st, 2003 I sadly will no longer be an active member of the behavioral neuroscience lab here :(
Thanks everybody, especially you Diane, for teaching me so much and making my experience here in the LB a wonderful period in my life.
For the next 5 years (hopefully not longer) I'll be at Yale working on a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience. If anyone from the lab (past, present or future) wants to find me I'll be at Timothy.Allen@yale.edu
Also, any student here at LBSU that wants to contact me because you're thinking of graduate school and you want some advice, please feel free. I'd be happy to describe my experiences with the GRE, the statement of purpose, the letters of recommendation, choosing programs, etc.
Now Some Personal Comments...
My interests lie in neuroscience, specifically to the functionality, the parameters, etc. of the human brain. I want to understand the biological mechanisms of the brain and the implications those mechanisms have in human behaviors, thoughts and feeling. Why are we the way we are?
In this lab, I've been working with Zebra Finches in order to study lesion-induced neurogenesis. We've been engaged in research that examines the effects, if any, estrogen plays in the proliferation of new neurons. Preliminary finding show that estrogen does increase the number of new neurons following lesions. This may have interesting practical implications for treatment in patients with traumatic brain injury in the medial temporal area. If this is the case, however, it is many years away from being proven. The real point of this lab is basic research, not to find treatments, but to understand the biological aspects of learning and behavior.
Here's a side note on my feeling about animal research: The animal model has proved an invaluable asset. Many questions about the brain cannot be answered without manipulating a living brain, and this cannot be done ethically in humans. Functional imagery (e.g. fMRI) has helped relieve some of the need to use animal models, however it is not capable of replacing animal research, especially when the question to be answered necessitates histology. Computational models have also been helpful in answering some questions, but a computational model can only be constructed after research has revealed the way the brain works in the first place. The research done using animal subjects gives us an understanding of the biological human disposition at the most basic level. This understanding can help save human lives. In this imperfect world where we humans are not born with a complete knowledge of our own biology, it is necessary to chose between the humane use of animals in research, or our own and our loved one's untimely deaths. It's been a tough decision, but one in which I'm confident people have chosen the lesser of two evils.
|On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. --Nietzsche|
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