BSc, Behavioral Neuroscience, Morehead State University
Sami graduated with a BSc (honors) in Behavioural Neuroscience from Morehead State University. As an undergraduate, he conducted behavioural neuropharmacology research investigating the role of nicotine dose and dopamine signaling in acute withdrawal-related hypoactivity.
Sami is currently a Pharmacology PhD student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine investigating the role of insulin signaling in disease/age-associated changes at the neurovascular unit using cutting-edge multiphoton (2-photon) imaging techniques (including cranial window installation surgeries, GCaMP AAV injections, and astrocytic/neuronal calcium network analysis) as well as electrophysiology, glucose & calcium imaging, behavior & cognition, and molecular biology.
Outside of lab, he volunteers with Dysautonomia International, an organization that increases awareness, advocates for research and legislation, and provides support for those with dysautonomia and their loved ones. Last year, he founded the Kentucky Support Group for Dysautonomia International, which he continues to lead and grow! Recently, he also helped initiate the International Men's Group for Dysautonomia International. Sami also enjoys outreach with local K-12 schools, providing engagement and exploration for young future physicians and scientists!