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Research put me in an environment where I was able to cultivate effective communication skills, problem solving skills, and time management skills. These are all very important life skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Research Topic: The Role of HDAC9 Inhibition in Cerebral Hypoperfusion Associated Cognitive Decline and Neuroinflammation Graduation Year: 2022

Martina's Peer Advising Hours

  • Wednesday, January 26, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, February 2, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, February 9, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, February 16, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, February 23, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, March 2, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, March 16, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday, March 23, 7:00-8:00pm (virtual)

Research Experience


  • Sex differences in response to angiotensin II in posterior cerebral arteries


  • Association of astrocytes and mast cell infiltration with cerebral hypoperfusion
  • The role of HDAC9 inhibition in cerebral hypoperfusion-associated cognitive decline and neuroinflammation


  • Lab maintenance, including preparing reagents
  • Statistical analysis
  • Tissue sampling, including vascular smooth muscle cell isolation, culture, immunohistochemistry, and cryosectioning
  • RNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Animal model surgeries, including angiotensin II mini-pump implantation and bilateral carotid artery stenosis surgery
  • Cardiovascular assays, including tail plethysmography and pressure  myography 
  • Rodent behavioral assessments

Campus Involvement

  • Wielenga Research Scholar, 2020-2021
  • Student Representative, MSU Academic Integrity Hearing Board, 2020-2021
  • Member, Tower Guard, 2020-2021
  • Program Advisor, Pathway to Research Program, 2021-present

Post-Graduation Plans

  • Professional School