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Grad student research in neuroscience

Image JESSICA BILKEY (Delaney Lab)
CUNN 254 Phone: 250-472-5656
jbilk102@gmail.com

My research examines the presynaptic effects of the neuromodulator serotonin on synaptic vesicle organization and release mechanisms in the crayfish neuromuscular junction.  I use a combination of electrophysiology, FM-dye imaging, and electron microscopy to investigate the mechanism by which serotonin increases transmitter release. 

Image GEOFF deROSENROLL (Delaney Lab)
CUNN 254 Phone: 250-415-8003
geoffder@uvic.ca

My research focuses on a form of long term potentiation in the amphibian amygdala that can be induced by low frequency stimulation to the accessory olfactory tract. I'm working to characterize the circuitry and cellular mechanisms involved by using electrophysiology and voltage sensitive dye imaging.

Dawn Steeves DAWN STEEVES 
dsteeves@uvic.ca

Postglacial changes in forest community structure
My research involves the use of plant micro- and macrofossils from lake sediment cores from Stowell Lake, Saltspring Island to investigate how forest community structure has changed since the last glacial maximum. This data will be used to analyze the life history characteristics that contribute to these changes, thus linking modern and paleoecological theories.

Image KARA RONELLENFITCH (Chow Lab)
CUNN 264/8 Phone: 250-721-5660  
karar@uvic.ca

My research involves examining cell fate determination of bipolar and photoreceptor cells in the developing retina. I am using genetic and pharmacological approaches to inhibit and promote cell signaling events which may allow me to alter the cell fate of retinal progenitor cells.

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