Dr. Nicole Ferrara
Dr. Nicole Ferrara is a recipient of the Make Space for Inclusion in STEM Award!
Dr. Nicole Ferrara received her BA from Albion College in Michigan where she studied Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. For her doctoral work, she moved to The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and began studying the neural mechanisms through which fear memories are formed and modified under the advisement of Fred Helmstetter. She recently started a postdoctoral position at Rosalind Franklin University Medical School with Amiel Rosenkranz where she will study how the neural mechanisms of memory processing change during development.
Nicole has always been motivated to make science accessible and to increase exposure for early-career researchers. During her doctoral work, she engaged in outreach efforts to make science more accessible and fun. She formed an American Association of University Women (AAUW) student organization while in Milwaukee to promote women in university and expand outreach efforts, and participated in the Engaging Girls in STEM Prep-Pro workshops, which provides high school students the opportunity to STEM professionals about college and career trajectories. Nicole has also been an active member in Women in Learning, an organization to promote and support women within the learning and memory fields. Through AAUW and Women in Learning, she created funding opportunities to promote conference attendance for graduate women. She looks forward to continuing these efforts as a postdoc by initiating and participating in Brain Awareness Week activities at schools in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas and continuing her outreach work with Women in Learning.
Outside of the lab, Nicole loves to cook, travel, spend time with her two cats, and listen to podcasts.
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