Will McMichael

APEX Fellowship | Will McMichael

October 26, 2020   /  

Major: Neuroscience
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Cody Leary

I conducted research at Rosalind Franklin University near Chicago. I explored how stress induces neuroinflammation in the Amygdala, and morphological changes in microglia cells.

Will McMichael will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

7 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Will McMichael”

  1. It sounds like you learned a lot of valuable skills for the future! I do have one question, are microgila only involved in stress responses or in other pathways or diseases?

    1. Hey Kayla! Microglia are responsible for a wide array of responses in the human nervous system, including just normal upkeep of neurons. More specifically they are responsible synaptic pruning of neurons, and are a necessary part of modulating neuronal pathways in healthy brains. Hope this answers your question!

  2. Will – I think your point about finding an opportunity in your own back yard is a good one. And your point about tenacity is well-taken. You certainly had a lot of ups and downs until right up until the last moment, didn’t you? But you impressed me with not only your stick-to-it-ivness, but your good communications along the way. May you have an equally interesting but less eventful summer of 2021.

  3. Will,
    Thank you for your presentation. Have your experiences this summer as a researcher allowed you to discern if a career as a bench researcher is a good fit for you?

  4. Ms. McConnell, yes there were quite a few ups and downs at the last moment, luckily it worked out all right. I have considered going back to Rosalind Franklin this summer, I really liked the people and I’d love to get some lab time, so hopefully we have a normal summer!

  5. Ms. Griffin, I think there were certainly aspects that gave me insight into what being a bench researcher is like. I wish I could’ve had some experience in the lab in order to get a more holistic picture of being a researcher. Regardless I think that the topics really interest me and from my combined experience of being an undergraduate researcher here at wooster, and having this fellowship to research at RFU, I have solidified my goals to do research.

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience Will. It sounds like you gained some good research skills. I am also interested to hear about the impact of this experience on your longer term interests in research. Has this shaped your interest in neuroscience or types of research you hope to pursue in IS?

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