Congratulations to NSGP Graduate Students Alexis Tolliver and Belinda Mahama

Congratulations to NSGP graduate student Alexis Tolliver, who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and to Belinda Mahama, who was awarded an Honorable Mention! Alexis will use a novel method of neuromodulation – bioluminescent optogenetics (BL-OG) – to understand the mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity during normal development and during hyperexcitable states, using the developing brain of Xenopus tadpoles. Belinda will be dissecting the neuronal circuitry and molecular mechanisms that drive recovery sleep after deprivation in C. elegans.