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LaMP Trainee Spotlights

Spotlight on LaMP Trainees

LaMP T32 trainees are making an impact in the neuroscience community! See the Trainee Spotlights below to learn more about their amazing achievements and the important contributions they are making toward understanding and treating LaMP disorders.

Rose DeKock, NGG PhD Candidate, LaMP trainee (2020-21) and Professor for the Future (2021-22).

Rose DeKock named as a "Professor for the Future"

Posted by Ashley Hodel on May 20, 2021

Neuroscience graduate student, Rose DeKock, was recently selected as one of fifteen 2021-2022 fellows in the Professors for the Future program at UC Davis. Professors for the Future is a highly competitive fellowship program designed to develop the leadership skills of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service.

The year-long program prepares participating to face the future challenges of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and the academy. Professors for the Future is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for a rapidly changing university environment through monthly seminars, an annual retreat, and courses on teaching pedagogy and ethics and professionalism in higher education. 

Rose is a graduate student working with Drs. Wilsaan Joiner and Julie Schweitzer to study the link between cognition and action in an ADHD population.


Nicole Claiborne, NGG PhD Candidate, HHMI Gilliam Fellow and LaMP trainee (2018-19)

Nicole Claiborne Awarded a Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Posted by Ashley Hodel on August 21, 2020

Former LaMP trainee, Nicole Claiborne, and her mentor, Dr. Karen Zito, were one of 45 doctoral student- adviser pairs selected by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to receive a Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

The Gilliam program was created in 2004 by HHMI with the goal of increasing the diversity of scientists at the college and university faculty level.

For Nicole, the Gilliam Fellowship has profound meaning. "This award is truly an honor and will help me so much with my career goals. The HHMI Gilliam fellowship provides students like me with resources to become scientific leaders and create more inclusive and healthy research environments. I'll have the opportunity to TA, attend workshops, and interact with other fellows from a wide array of diverse background. I hope to shape all of these experiences into a teaching career where I can support and inspire students from similarly underrepresented and underprivileged backgrounds to become the next generation of scientific leaders."

Nicole's primary research is focused on understanding glutamatergic signaling in dendritic spine stability. She is pursuing a Ph.D with the Neuroscience Graduate group and was a member of the LaMP training program from 2018-2019.