Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2015
Home Department: Biology
Faculty Advisors: Gregory Scherrer (Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Neurosurgery) and Mark Schnitzer (Biology, Applied Physics)

Research Title: The Anterior Cingulate Cortex projection neuron pathway to the dorsal Periaqueductal Gray modulates pain behavior

Research Description: Pain is both a sensory and emotional experience. Using a novel behavioral paradigm of pain observation to selectively target emotional circuits, Jasmine aims to determine the precise anatomical substrates of pain-related emotion, how it’s encoded in neural networks, and how these circuits can be targeted for pain relief. By combining calcium imaging and optogenetic manipulations in animals, she will be able to “see” and alter pain in the brain. This allows us to assign objective, predictive measures of perceptual states and manipulate those states to reduce suffering.


Jasmine is a product analyst at Google.