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Megan Sayyad

Sayyad cropEducation:  University College London, MSc. 2012, Neuroscience; Virginia Tech, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2010

Hometown: Vienna, VA

Thesis adviser: Jennifer Koblinski, Ph.D., Department of Pathology

Research interests: My current research focuses on glial cells in breast cancer metastasis to the brain, but I am also interested in CNS regeneration, spinal cord injury, plasticity, consciousness, and neuroaesthetics.

Personal bio: I became interested in neuroscience during the last year of my undergraduate education after watching a program about savant syndrome. After this initial exposure to the incredible human brain, I continued to learn more about it and decided to pursue a career exploring its structure and function. While I have a variety of interests within the field of neuroscience, I am currently working within the cellular and molecular domain investigating the unsung heroes of the nervous system, glial cells, specifically astrocytes, and their role at the level of the blood-brain barrier to better understand the interaction between the brain microenvironment and invading cancer cells. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, sightseeing, baking (and eating), and binge-watching television series such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock.


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