Saazina Rashid Afsah (2013-2015)

Saazina Rashid Afsah

Saazina Rashid Afsah

Background:

I am graduating in May 2015 in Neurobiology Honors, as well as with the Business Foundations Certificate. At UT I am in the Health Science Scholars Honors Program, serve as a Peer Academic Coach, and volunteer as a Student Usher with Texas Performing Arts. Another passion of mine is soccer- in the past I played on the UT Women’s Club Team and currently I still play intramurals. Before the Gore Lab I received a research fellowship at UT Health Science Center San Antonio with Dr. Georgianna Gould who looks at the role of serotonin in social behaviors, particularly with respect to autism. This experience sparked my interest to pursue neuro-related research at UT. After graduation, I will be working at Hospira (soon to be Pfizer) in pharmaceutical operations as part of their Technical Professional Development Program.

In the Gore Lab:

I joined the lab in October 2013 and have since assisted in behavioral and molecular analyses. Primarily I work with graduate student Viktoria Topper in understanding how prenatal exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals, which are environmental toxicants, can affect adult social and reproductive behaviors in rats. In 2014 I had the opportunity to present my research as an Abstract Winner at the annual College of Pharmacy Research Excellence Day as well as at the general Undergraduate Research Forum at UT. As a graduating senior, I will be submitting my honor’s thesis on this project.

Saazina Afsah, Pharmacy Research Day abstract winner (2014)

Saazina Afsah, Pharmacy Research Day abstract winner (2014)

Link to the 2014 Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day Winner’s page:

http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/researchday/abstractwinners2014.html