Caroline is a second year GK-12 graduate teaching fellow and a 4th year Neuropsychology Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center. While completing her undergraduate coursework in Psychology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, Caroline began working in the laboratory of Dr.Benjamin Kest, where she spent time learning basic testing and surgical techniques (such as the Tail Flick test, the Acetic Acid Writhing Assay, the Formalin test, injection techniques, ovariectomies, immunohistochemical methods, etc.) and assisting doctoral candidates in their work investigating opiate drugs
In 2007, Caroline graduated from CSI with a B.A. in Psychology, and went on to Queens College to begin work on her M.A. in Psychology and subsequently transferred into the Neuropsychology doctoral program. She is currently investigating the behavioral and neurological effects of various opiates, particularly morphine and its metabolites. Inparticular, Caroline has conducted studies investigating the neurological mechanisms of action of primary morphine metabolites, and how this relates to both neurological and behavioral manifestations of morphine hyperalgesia (increased pain sensitivity). Currently, Caroline is studying the effects of spinal versus supraspinal administration of various doses of morphine on gender, using two distinct opiate antagonists that differentially effect various receptor pathways within the nervous system. Caroline expects to complete her Ph.D. in the Summer of 2013.
As a GK-12 graduate teaching fellow, Caroline is working at Staten Island Technical High School within the Science and Engineering Research Program (SERP), lead by Dr. John Davis. The program contains a large number of enthusiastic students working on a vast array of scientific research projects. Caroline plans to bring her expertise in the scientific research process to the classroom by creating an ARM intended to help students think more critically, learn about the scientific research process, and create their own research projects. She hopes to attract students to Psychology and Neuroscience by openly discussing her research on opiate drugs with them and introducing them to the enticingly limitlessworld of neuropsychological research.