Alexandria Tartt

Medical Student

Years in Lab: 2021-present

I received my B.S. in Global Public Health at New York University in 2017. After taking an introductory neuroscience course, I became fascinated by the brain. As an undergraduate, I used a rodent model of schizophrenia to investigate if hippocampal neuronal morphology and connectivity changed in schizophrenic rats and if these alterations correlated with behavioral deficits. After graduation, I began working at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center where I had the opportunity to examine neural stem cells in the postmortem human brain in the context of depression, epilepsy, Alzheimer's and most recently COVID-19. Now, as a medical student in the Parker lab, I hope to study mechanisms that underlie social deficits in autism and other disorders of low-sociality.