I've been immersed in conducting and communicating academic research since 2009.
August 2020 - present
I broaden the reach of IRES's research by writing, posting, and sharing the department's interdisciplinary efforts towards a more sustainable future.
Sept 2016 - April 2019
Gsponer and Pavlidis labs
Thesis: Comparative genome analysis in rodent models of Parkinson's disease and spinocerebellar ataxia
June 2014 - August 2016
Digital characterization of mouse visual cortex neurons
Gouwens, N. W., et al. Classification of morphological and electrophysiological types in mouse visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience 22, pages 1182–1195 (2019)
Miller, J. et al. Neuropathological and transcriptomic characteristics of the aged brain. eLife, 6. (9 Nov 2017)
Sept 2009 - May 2014
Starting as a senior in high school, I worked in the Brenowitz lab studying the neural circuitry that controls singing in songbirds. I moved from simple behavioral characterizations to working with brain tissue to immunohistochemistry to running a full fledged experiment investigating neuronal turnover in songbirds.
Larson TA, Thatra NM, Hou, D., Hu, R. A. & Brenowitz, E. A. Seasonal changes in neuronal turnover in forebrain nucleus in adult songbirds. Journal of Comparative Neurology 527, 767-779 (2019)
Larson TA, Lent KL, Bammler TK, MacDonald JW, Wood WE, Caras ML, Thatra NM, Budzillo A, Perkel DJ, Brenowitz EA. Network analysis of microRNA and mRNA seasonal dynamics in a highly plastic sensorimotor neural circuit. BMC Genomics (6 November 2015)
Larson TA, Thatra NM, Lee B, Brenowitz EA. Reactive neurogenesis in response to naturally occurring apoptosis in an adult brain. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(39): 13066–13076 (24 September 2014)
Larson TA, Wang TW, Gale SD, Miller KE, Thatra NM, Caras ML, Perkel DJ, Brenowitz EA. Postsynaptic neural activity regulates neuronal addition in the adult avian song control system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. USA. 110(41) (8 October 2013)