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Shannon Farris
Shannon Farris

I was born and raised in southern California and received a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly SLO) in 2007. While at Cal Poly, I worked in a marine biology laboratory studying putative components of the DNA damage response pathway in developing sea urchin embryos. I also spent a year working at the (now defunct) polyclonal antibody production company, Santa Cruz Biotechnology. I went on to complete my Ph.D. at the University of California Irvine where I was first exposed to the field of neuroscience in Dr. Oswald Steward’s laboratory. During my graduate work, I 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, I 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, I am 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, behavior, and molecular profiling techniques, I am working to identify the post-transcriptional mechanisms unique to CA2 that are important for encoding social experiences.

Outside of the lab, I have a long standing interest in science policy and enjoy snowboarding out west.

See my scientific family at Neurotree.