Courtney Bryce is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she received her BA with honors in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Her honors thesis, under the supervision of Dr. John Howland, focused on how acute stress influences cognitive flexibility. She is currently a Master’s student in the Floresco lab and her present research involves elucidating the neural mechanisms mediating the influence of acute stress on effort-based decision-making.
Nicole was born and raised in North Vancouver and completed her BSc in Psychology at UBC. She was extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Dr. Floresco during her undergraduate degree, and is very excited to be pursuing a Master’s degree in the same lab. Nicole’s research during her undergraduate studies focused on characterizing cortico-striatal and amygdalar circuits that control different aspects of cost/benefit decision making—specifically decisions related to reward uncertainty, or risk.
Debra is from Montreal where she completed her BSc at McGill University working with Dr. Jonathan Britt. Debra’s current project in the Floresco lab involves dissecting the neural circuitry behind risk/reward-based decision making by optogenetically manipulating neural pathways within the mesocorticolimbic system.
Jackson is originally from Columbus Ohio and completed his BS in neuroscience at The Ohio State University. At OSU, he worked with John Bruno investigating how embryonic and adolescent exposure to heightened levels of the endogenous metabolite kynurenic acid resulted in schizophrenia-like cognitive and neurochemical deficits in adulthood. His masters project will focus on the role of dopamine in the PFC in mediating cue-guided cost/benefit decision making.
Giulia was born in Italy and completed her BSc in Neuroscience with Psychology and Biobusiness at the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her undergraduate research focused on treatments for spinal cord injury and neuropathic pain.
For her graduate studies with Dr. Floresco, Giulia is investigating how subregions of the PFC are involved in active and inhibitory avoidance behaviours and the role of dopaminergic transmission in conditioned fear expression.