Hi, I'm Megan G. Massa, a neuroscience graduate student at UCLA specializing in neuroendocrinology
Megan G. Massa's Bio:
During her time at Bowdoin College (B.A. Neuroscience, English minor), she worked in the lab of Richmond Thompson, Ph.D. investigating the rapid, non-genomic effects of testosterone on mating behaviors in response to pheromonal cues in male goldfish. Following her graduation in May 2014, Megan received a German Fulbright research grant to work in the lab of Prof. Dr. Ralf Gold under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Aiden Haghikia at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. While abroad, she refined a methodology to derive neurons from the renal cells of MS patients via an iPSC procedure. And after being hired for a second year under contract from the St. Josef-Hospital Klinikum, she researched the differential effects of androgen treatment on the inflammatory and neurodegenerative phases of MS in female mice. Megan completed laboratory rotations in the labs of Dr. Stephanie Correa, Dr. Paul Micevych, and Dr. Barney Schlinger at UCLA prior to joining the Correa lab.
Megan G. Massa's Experience:
Graduate Student at UCLASeptember 2016 - Present | Los Angeles, CA
Student Researcher at St. Josef-Hospital Klinikum der Ruhr-UniversitätAugust 2015 - May 2016 | Bochum, Germany
Fulbright Student Researcher at Ruhr-Universität BochumSeptember 2014 - August 2015 | Bochum, Germany
Developed, with others, a MS patient-derived iPSC and differentiation protocol for the study of neurodegeneration in primary neuron cultures. [Methods used: cell culture, transfection, differentiation, neuronal culture.] Began investigations concerning the differential effects of androgens and estrogens on the acute (inflammatory) and chronic (neurodegenerative) stages of EAE. [Methods used: mouse breeding, animal model (EAE), EAE scoring (10-point scale), subcutaneous injection, intracardial blood withdrawal, serum isolation, intracardial perfusion, spinal cord, brain, and spleen isolation, immunohistochemistry]
Peer Research Mentor at Bowdoin CollegeSeptember 2013 - May 2014 | Brunswick, ME
Assisted young scientists on their transition into bench research. Provided mentorship, gave guidance, and served as a reference for two first-years in the Thompson lab.
Undergraduate Student Researcher at Bowdoin CollegeAugust 2013 - May 2014 | Brunswick, ME
Conducted an independent research investigating rapid androgenic effects on olfactory mating behavior in goldfish, worked to confirm role of androgens, and attempted to locate plausible membrane-dwelling androgen receptors. Methods used: animal behavior, IP injection, IV injection, IHC fluorescent staining and microscopy, cryostat, dissection
Summer Research Fellow at Bowdoin CollegeMay 2013 - July 2013 | Brunswick, ME
Designed and executed own research experiment to investigate rapid androgenic effects on goldfish olfactory mating behavior. Funded by the Maine Space Grant Consortium.
MEG Lab Intern at NYU Langone Medical CenterMay 2012 - September 2012 | New York, NY
Edited and proofed grant proposals and paper submissions. Assisted in human research, analysis, and administrative processes essential to the experiment. Gained exposure to MEG processing through MatLab. Conducted dissections of and recordings from female squid giant synapses at Woods Hole, MA.
Megan G. Massa's Education:
Bowdoin College2010 – 2014BAConcentration: Neuroscience major, English minor
High Technology High School2006 – 2010
Megan G. Massa's Interests & Activities:
Neuroscience, tour guiding, music, Broadway, Bowdoin Student Government