Cheryl Brandenburg, M.S.
Senior Research Assistant
& Laboratory Coordinator
2014-present Senior Research Assistant, Program in Neuroscience, Hussman Institute for Autism
2013-2014 Junior Scientist, University of Minnesota Imaging Center, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Mental Health Practitioner, Holland Center, Minneapolis, MN
2013 M.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (UWL)
2011-2013 Biology Laboratory Instructor, UWL
2010-2011 Research Assistant, UWL
2007-2013 In-home therapist for autistic children, Reaching Your Potential, LLC, La Crosse, WI
2010 B.S. Biomedical Science, UWL
In the Autism Neurocircuitry Laboratory, we will seek to understand the role of the basal ganglia, cerebellum, limbic structures and cerebral cortex in autism.
My thesis work showed decreased gastrointestinal motility in hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrels compared to summer active and winter torpid squirrels. We aimed to characterize the enteric nervous system in these squirrels by studying changes in expression of various neurotransmitters.
As a research assistant, I participated in a project that studied CRF, a stress factor, in rats.