Kirstie Cummings, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Cummings is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Roger Clem at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Following the completion of her bachelor’s degrees in Cell & Molecular Biology as well as Music from SUNY Binghamton University in 2011, she pursued a PhD in Biophysics in the laboratory of Dr. Gabriela Popescu at SUNY University at Buffalo. Dr. Cummings’ NINDS NRSA F31-funded research was centered on using electrophysiological approaches to uncover the single-channel gating mechanism, pharmacology, and physiological role of excitatory glycinergic NMDA receptors. In May 2016, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Roger Clem for her postdoctoral training. Prior to winning a K99/R00 BRAIN Initiative award, Dr. Cummings was an awardee of a NIMH NRSA F32 fellowship which supported her research aimed at investigating how specific interneuron populations in the mouse prefrontal cortex function during fear memory acquisition and expression. Her current research is focused on understanding the circuit mechanisms underlying the dual fear -suppressing and -promoting functions of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex in mice.

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