Dr. Shannon Farris grew up in southern California and earned a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly SLO) where she worked in a marine biology laboratory studying putative components of the DNA damage response pathway in developing sea urchin embryos. She also spent a year working at the antibody production company, Santa Cruz Biotechnology. She went on to complete her Ph.D. at the University of California Irvine where she was first exposed to the field of neuroscience in Dr. Oswald Steward’s laboratory. There she uncovered a previously unknown regulatory mechanism for controlling the spatially and temporally precise translation of the dendritic mRNA, Arc (Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein).
In late 2012, Dr. Farris moved to Dr. Serena Dudek’s laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There, as a postdoctoral fellow, she is heading up multiple projects investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the function of CA2, a subregion of the hippocampus thought to be important for encoding social experiences in the brain. Using a combination of mouse genetics and molecular profiling techniques, she seeks to identify the post-transcriptional mechanisms unique to CA2 that are important for encoding social experiences.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Farris has a long standing interest in science policy and enjoys snowboarding out west.
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