PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Spencer earned a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology at Regis University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Cristin Welle where he studies the role of cholinergic signaling in endogenous and VNS-enhanced motor learning. He uses chronically implanted stimulating and recording electrodes, in vivo optogenetics, and markerless kinematic tracking to explore the changes is neural activity and behavior that accompany motor learning. Outside of lab Spencer can be found on a ski slope, buried in a book, or pursuing his interest in science policy.
Sheena is a toy fox terrier mix and Clyde is probably a carolina dog mix. Both are rescues from Texas. Both dogs made their names in the neighborhood by their escaping skills early in their adoption . Clyde even earned a name “ the runaway dog”.