Leah Krevitt, B.A.
I am interested in the cellular underpinnings of motivated behaviors. This interest has taken many forms over the years. While working toward a B.A. in neurobiology at Northwestern University, I studied eating behavior in pediatric kidney patients and movement in C. elegans. Since then, I have worked as a technician in University of Minnesota labs studying neuropathic pain and regenerative therapies for spinal cord injury. In and beyond graduate school, I plan to study the mechanisms by which reproductive hormones affect the reinforcing properties of social and sexual stimuli (e.g., access to a mate). While rotating in the Petrulis lab, I am using Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) to investigate bed nucleus of the stria terminalis function in mouse social behavior.
Favorite quote: “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”
-Stephen Jay Gould