Ulises Ricoy

Associate Research Scientist

Associate Department Head

I am trained in Neurobiology (behavioral, physiology). My doctoral dissertation studied neuroanatomical substrates of drug reward (Hippocampus). My postdoctoral training examined cellular mechanisms underlying (pre)synaptic inhibition on central synapse dynamics. I have experience in STEM education both in Spanish and English. My specialty is with underserved populations (both in the USA and in Mexico). Furthermore, I have experience in translating basic scientific research (Addiction, Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, PTSD) to clinical and non-clinical audiences at Drug-Rehabilitation Clinic settings in Spanish and English. Understanding how neurons encode and compute information is fundamental to the study of the brain, but opportunities for hands-on experience with such techniques on live neurons are rare in science education. For the past decade, I have used my formal training to explore low-cost and hands-on approaches (using invertebrates) in neuroscience to explore behavioral and physiological questions (learning, locomotor, drug-seeking) with undergraduates. There are Journals that specialize in undergraduate Neuroscience research such as the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.Specialties: Diversity, STEM Education, Minority-Serving Institutions, History of Science, Science Identity.

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NSCS MCB EEB Entomology Physiology Computer Science

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January 2023

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