Mary Regis Shanley
(@Regisshan) is a doctoral student in the Neuroscience subprogram of the CUNY Biology PhD Program. Regis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Northeastern University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. There, she was the founder and Chapter President of Nu rho Psi, a National Honor Society in Neuroscience which served to advance the discipline of neuroscience through community outreach and increase public awareness. Before entering her graduate studies, Regis worked as a course Assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole, as well as working for a biotechnology company. Regis quickly embraced the rigors of laboratory and coursework that a graduate school experience demands. Based on her own preliminary data she quickly received a prestigious Graduate Research fellowship from National Science Foundation to support her dissertation work.
Studying in Dr. Allyson K. Friedman’s laboratory at Hunter College, Regis is exploring the effect of estradiol on the stress response. Through a series of elegantly designed experiments Regis is untangling the relationship between the dopaminergic reward pathway in the brain and the role estrogen has on modulating this circuit. Her current focus is on the interplay of estrogen’s effect on potassium channel function and the response to social stress. Using a combination social behaviors and electrophysiological studies, she has found changes within the ventral tegmental area of the brain that correlate with changes across the estrous cycle. Regis has presented some of her findings at a variety of conferences and meetings, including two recent presentations at the Hunter Center for Translational and Basic Research Stress and Resilience symposium and at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting in Washington DC. Regis was an invited speaker at the New School as well, one of only two graduate students presenting her work at the Graduate centers Colloquium.
In addition to applying herself as a scientist, Regis is a mentor for multiple undergraduate students and high school students, organizing monthly journal clubs and providing advising for future scientist. She has taken on leadership roles for the training of two students from BP Endure a Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences. She excelled at the opportunity to mentor a high school student from Hunter High School through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program. As a well-respected member of the scientific community Regis also serves as a member of the IACUC committee at Hunter College and is an active participant in recruitment events for the graduate center. Her excellence and commitment to scientific research, alongside her mentorship and leadership roles Regis has become a valued member of the larger scientific community.
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