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Rachel received her Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College. She received departmental distinction for her work in Rae Silver’s lab at Columbia University, where she helped investigate methamphetamine-entrained circadian rhythms. She then worked as a research assistant with Eric Schmidt in Nathaniel Heintz’s lab at the Rockefeller University, using TRAP-seq to characterize vulnerable and non-vulnerable cortical pyramidal cell populations in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
As a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Physiology program at NYU Langone Medical Center, Rachel is characterizing the functions of the heterogeneous astrocyte responses to injury and disease.
She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Juarez-Portilla C, Kim RD, Robotham M, Tariq M, Pitter M, LeSauter J, Silver R (2017) Voluntary inhalation of methamphetamine: a novel strategy for studying intake non-invasively. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 234(5):739-747. PMID: 28028601.
Juárez-Portilla C, Pitter M, Kim RD, Patel PY, Ledesma RA, LeSauter J, Silver R (2018) Brain activity during methamphetamine anticipation in a non-invasive self-administration paradigm in mice. eNeuro 5(2):ENEURO.0433-17.2018. PMID: 29632871.