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Chong Zhang

3MT Presentation:

An Enzyme to Remember With No Strings Attached

Major:

Biomedical Sciences

Advisor:

James M. O'Donnell

Biography:

Chong Zhang is originally from China and is currently a PhD student in the department of pharmacology and toxicology. Over the past few years, she has been interested in elucidating the relationship between the neurochemical and behavioral effects of drugs that are used in neuropsychiatric diseases, such as depression, anxiety and learning and memory disabilities. In addition to her main topic of research, she is also highly interested in finding potential therapeutic values in natural compounds, such as resveratrol from a glass of red wine. She is devoted to the discovery of safer and more effective drugs for this and future generations.

What made you interested in your dissertation research topic?

I became interested in psychology through an undergrad elective course, but wanted to study something more mechanistic, such as why our brains work in certain ways and how can it be intervened.

Why did you decide to attend UB for your PhD?

I've always wanted to try for a few years living somewhere that snows in winter. Where's better than Buffalo?

Name your favorite thing to do in Buffalo. What do you enjoy about that?

Visiting Niagara Falls. I like to hear the sound of the waterfall, best place to meditate.