James M. O'Donnell
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.