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Simone Temporal, a former MU PREP Scholar, is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Michael Nusbaum at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies co-neuromodulation using the gastric mill circuit of the crab stomatogastric ganglion.
Temporal completed her doctorate dissertation in 5 years. Her PhD research focused on elucidating the neuronal networks responsible for generating motor function. Using the Jonah crab as an animal model, her specific project involved identifying individual cell types and the ion channels they express. She published 5 papers on that research and was invited to speak at 2 national/international meetings.
"My research looked specifically at relationships between calcium and potassium channels. These two channel types are important because they generate a cell property called ‘bursting,’ which is important for generating rhythm," said Temporal. Her doctoral advisor was Dave Schulz, associate professor of biological sciences.
Temporal received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Stony Brook in 2005. She was part of MU PREP from 2005 to 2007, during which time she was mentored by Troy Zars, associate professor in biological sciences. She was accepted into the MU graduate school in biological sciences in 2007.
Written by: Melody Kroll