Adriana Cushnie

Entering Class - 2017


Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Brooklyn College – CUNY, BS, Psychology, 2017

Graduate Advisor:

Sarah Heilbronner, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Graduate Research:

I am studying anatomical connectivity to understand neural circuits that are involved in motivation and decision making.


Nicola Grissom, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

Michael-Paul Schallmo, Ph.D. and Scott Sponheim, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

Sarah Heilbronner, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Undergraduate or Postbac Research:

I worked on a projected that  characterized how the acquisition of a place memory changes the function of particular synaptic circuits within the mouse hippocampus.

Undergraduate Awards:

Dean's List: Fall 2014-Spring 2017

Brooklyn College NIH MARC Scholar Fall 2015-Spring 2017

What Got You Interested In Research?

I have always been interested in understanding brain/behavior relationships, particularly questions targeting biological and behavioral factors that are involved in the development and organization of the brain.

Why did you chose Minnesota?

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience offers me the research tools I need to pursue my interests.

Student mentor and their best advice:

Reshma Gore has offered too many to decide which is the best, but she has always been extremely helpful and supportive.

Favorite Itasca memory:

Biking around the park was fun. 


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