Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN

Master of Science May 2018

Major: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Relevant Coursework: Molecular Biology + Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell

Biology, Electrical Signaling + Ion Channel Biology, Developmental Biology,

Pathophysiology of Lipid Rafts

Indiana University Bloomington, IN

Bachelor of Science May 2016

Major: Biology

Minors: Mathematics, Chemistry, Medical Sociology

Relevant Coursework: Biochemistry + Laboratory, Molecular Biology +

Laboratory, Genetics, Cell Biology, Honors Evolution, Honors Calculus II, Neuroscience of Autism


Scientific/Technical Skills

  • §Proficient in stereotaxic surgical procedures, specifically viral injections and optic fiber implantations for optogenetic experiments.
  • §Expertise in immunohistochemistry: Analysis of rat and mouse brain tissues. (Stains: c-fos, SERT, tyrosine hydroxylase, tryptophan hydroxylase, HDAC2, and BDNF)
  • §Trained in and optimized 3D histological tissue techniques, such as CLARITY, iDISCO, Visikol, and CUBIC for rat brain tissue.
  • §Skilled in bright field, confocal, and light sheet microscopy.
  • §Successfully executed open field, elevated plus maze, and fear conditioning behavior tests with rats and mice.
  • §Practiced in analyzing fear conditioning and other behavioral test data sets.
  • §Experienced in handling rats for research purposes.
  • §Capable in histological identification of brain regions and staining using immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and retro/anterograde tracing molecules.
  • §Trained in harvesting brain tissue via perfusion and flash freeze methods.
  • §Mastery of biochemical laboratory techniques: DNA and protein purification and quantification, assays, blots, and PCR.
  • §Extensive knowledge and skills in wet chemistry. (distillation, titration, and purification techniques)

Research Skills

  • §Developed experimental designs in neuroscience and biological chemistry.
  • §Proficient in data and statistical analysis, interpretation of results, and forming conclusions.
  • §Wrote abstracts for acceptance into national conferences.

Managerial Skills

  • §Effective troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • §Experienced and comfortable operating in a laboratory.
  • §Excellent oral, written, and listening communication skills.
  • §Ability to work individually and collaboratively within team settings.
  • §Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign applications.
  • §Knowledgeable in data processing and analysis software such as ImageJ, Matlab, NIS-Elements, and GraphPad Prism.


Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, PI: Philip Johnson Indianapolis, IN

  • §MSc Student Thesis Project September 2016 – Present

  • §Research Focus: Prefrontal cortical and hypothalamic regulation of innate panic and fear.
  • §Trained in stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, and behavior paradigms for rodents.
  • §Currently:
  • §Understanding the role of medial prefrontal cortical neuronal projections in innate panic responses in context to panic disorder and phobia formations.
  • §Identifying novel hypothalamic serotonergic systems that inhibit innate panic and conditioned fear.
  • §Developing and optimizing brain clearing, imaging, and analysis techniques for whole rat brains compatible with immunohistochemistry and endogenously labeled proteins.

Bring Change to Mind, PI: Bernice Pescosolido Bloomington, IN

  • §Student Director and Research Consultant August 2014 – Present

  • §Coordinated a longitudinal research study to help uncover how stigma surrounding mental illnesses are created and reinforced on college campuses.
  • §Directed an undergraduate student organization that allowed students to collaborate on research, events, and programming aimed at stigma reduction and suicide prevention on campus.
  • §Presented preliminary research findings at national Bring Change to Mind meetings and events, and collaborated on the development of The College Toolbox Project.
  • §Developed and assisted in teaching classes focused on mental illness from the intersection of sociology, media theory, and neuroscience.

Wishart Media Inc. Boston, MA

  • §Board Member March 2017 – Present

  • §Identified and managed research partnerships with institutions such as The Broad Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and MIT Media Lab in the development of The Wishart Group, a non-for-profit providing mental and physical health resources for artist and musicians.
  • §Assisted with branding, operations, PR, and artist teams to craft and assemble a company identity and mission.
  • §Trained in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to build a startup organization, with a focus on intersecting media industries with translational neuroscience.

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, PI: Anantha Shekhar Indianapolis, IN

  • §Research Fellow March 2015 – August 2015

  • §Research Project: Reduced brain derived neurotrophic factor in the amygdala may contribute to reduced innate anxiety and persistent fear-conditioned behaviors in a mouse model of mild traumatic brain injury.
  • §Led optimization of BDNF and HDAC2 antibodies.
  • §Independently executed immunohistochemistry experiments and data analysis to gather information about epigenetic and protein markers affected in a mouse model of PTSD.


Enhanced Fear Vulnerability with Reduced Serotonin Transporter (SERT) Levels and Underlying

Amygdala Mechanisms Philip L. Johnson, Andrei I. Molosh, Lauren M. Federici, Cristian Bernabe, David Haggerty, Stephanie D. Fitz, Eugene Nalivaiko, William Truitt, Anantha Shekhar. Biological Psychiatry. In Review


Advocate Neuroscience Research and Mental Health Care Seminar

  • §Panel Member with Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Eric Nestler, and Frances Lee at a joint seminar between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, July 2017.

Passive Clearing Methods for Rat Brains: Methods, Applications, and Future Directions for Elucidating

Three-Dimensional Histology. David Haggerty and Philip L. Johnson

  • §Poster Presented at Greater Indiana Society for Neuroscience Meeting, March 2017

Identification of a Novel Hypothalamic Projecting Serotonergic System that Inhibits Innate Panic and

Conditioned Fear Response. Cristian Bernabe, Izabela Caliman, David Haggerty, Stephanie Fitz, Anantha Shekhar, Philip L. Johnson

  • §Poster Presented at Greater Indiana Society for Neuroscience Meeting, March 2017

First Annual BC2M High School Summit

  • §Presented advances in stigma research on college campuses and facilitated breakout sessions for Bay Area high school students that were research participants for Bring Change to Mind at Slack Headquarters in San Francisco, October 2016.

College, Mental Health, and Stigma among the Millennials: What Do We Think, What Do We Know,

What Can We Prove? Bernice Pescosolido, David Haggerty, Indiana University Network

Science Institute, Bring Change to Mind

  • §Keynote Presentation at University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference, March 2016

Third Annual Bring Change to Mind Gala

  • §Keynote Presentation on The College Toolbox Project in New York City, October 2016

Reduced Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the Amygdala May Contribute to Reduced Innate

Anxiety and Persistent Fear-Conditioned Behaviors in a Mouse Model of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. David Haggerty, Lianping Li, Lauren M. Federici, Cristian Bernable, Jinhui Chen, Anantha Shekhar, Philip L. Johnson.

  • §Poster Presented at Indiana Clinical and Translation Sciences Institute Seminar, August 2015


  • §We need to change the way we think about alcoholism. Massive(1,202 views)
  • §I empathize with anti-vaxxers. Here’s how flawed autism science can lead to the wrong conclusions. Massive(606 views)


#stigmasucks: The Interplay of Mental Illness, Media, and Social Change

  • §Teaching Assistant
  • §Developed course materials and guest lectured on advances in neuroscience research, such as optogenetics and DREADDS, and their relationship to changing attitudes towards psychiatry and public perceptions of mental illness.


IU Distinction Scholarship

Hutton Honors College at Indiana University Scholarship

Arthur R. Metz Philanthropic Opportunity Grant

Chris Meadows Scholarship

Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Academic All-American


Indiana University Men’s Lacrosse, 2012-2016

  • §President and Team Captain
  • §Four-Year Starter, Two-Time All-Conference Selection, Academic All-American

JED Foundation Student Advisory Council, 2015-2016

  • §Student Board Member
  • §Responsible for the development and rollout of Set To Go, a mental health program aimed at managing serious mental health conditions during the transition from high school to college campuses.

Bring Change to Mind U, 2014-2016

  • §Co-Founder and Co-Director
  • §Founded Bring Change to Mind U, a student group aimed at understanding and addressing mental health stigma and emotional wellbeing on college campuses.

Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 2013-2014

  • §Director of Philanthropy
  • §Collaborated with local chapter of Boys and Girls Club to plan events and raise funds.
  • §Organized annual Adopt-a-Child philanthropy to connect community and fraternity members.


Carmel Lacrosse Club, 2017

  • §Volunteer Assistant Coach, Carmel Dad’s Club 7th + 8th Grade Boy’s Lacrosse Team

Chiefs Lacrosse Club, 2010-2014

  • §Volunteer Head Coach, Chiefs Youth Lacrosse 5th + 6th Grade Boy’s Summer Lacrosse Team

Ubelong, 2014

  • §Volunteer after-school English language and math teacher for low income and abused students in Cusco, Peru. 
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