Headshot portrait of Athreya Steiger - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Mentor: H. Craig Heller, Biology

Disruptions in the circadian timing system have been shown to impair memory processing, although it is unclear if this impairment is in memory formation or recall. Using a hamster model, Athreya aims to uncover the mechanism by which loss of a regular circadian rhythm impairs memory processing. Understanding the mechanisms behind these disruptions holds promise in elucidating the neural basis behind the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s.