Neuroscience Student Publishes Honors Thesis
Honors College student and Goldwater Scholar Julianna Brutman majoring in Neuroscience has published the results of her Honors thesis in the peer-reviewed international journal Physiology & Behavior. Julianna’s thesis advisor was Professor Jon Davis in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience at Washington State University. In summer 2016, Julianna wrote and was awarded a young investigator grant from Washington State ADARP (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program) to investigate hypothalamic epigenetic changes in obese rodents exposed to a high-fat diet. Her data describing binge feeding in female rates was selected for a “hot topic” presentation at the international conference of The Obesity Society in November 2016.
The data in Julianna’s paper, “Mapping diet-induced alternative polyadenylation of hypothalamic transcripts in the obese rat”, offers insights into the processes that generate and maintain an obese phenotype.