Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program
NIH Trainee 2016-18
B.S. in Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas
Christina has long been interested in reward systems and how they become dysfunctional, causing long-term behavioral problems like addiction. Her project in the lab focuses on a sugar diet’s effects on taste reward and, using fruit fly and rodents, she is trying to dissect the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which sugar drives overeating and obesity.
Other interests: Christina enjoys dancing, swimming, and playing her guitar. Coming from South Carolina, she has also learned to embrace Michigan winters and is learning how to ice skate.