My project is focused on developing ethological tasks to study mouse behavior. Current methods of assessment of cognitive function in rodents is challenging. With the prevalence of mouse models, there is a wide variety of testing that can be performed with aging mouse models being used as preclinical assays. I am developing a new generation of assays that access cognitive function utilizing long-term monitoring of mice while they carry out ethological tasks. These tasks are simple foraging and learning tasks that mice can carry out and are accessed over several days with minimal human intervention. My project also includes the quantification of these tasks which require computer vision, machine learning, and statistical modeling to fully automate.
BS, Biological Science, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA