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Sleep, Memory, Neuroscience

Diering Lab Research Featured in Futurum Careers!

Delighted to share an article showcasing our very own Dr. Shenee Martin’s research linking sleep and Alzheimer’s disease on Futurum Careers!


This article was produced by Futurum Careers, a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine (STEM) and social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy (SHAPE). For more information, teaching resources, and course and career guides, see www.futurumcareers.com

Society for Neuroscience 2023!

The Diering Lab was well-represented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C. in November 2023! It was an honor to learn about and contribute to the wide range of cutting-edge neuroscience research. Lab members presented three research posters (pictured: Dr. Shenee Martin/Kylie Joyce, Sean Gay, Sawyer Grizzard).


Thank you Daniel!

Members of the lab recently enjoyed live music at Carolina Inn for the Fridays on the Front Porch event – and also took this time to say farewell to our undergraduate summer intern, Daniel Araya. We want to thank Daniel for all of his hard work, and wish him the best as he enters his senior year!

Congratulations Shenée!

On April 11th, 2023, our very own Shenée Martin successfully defended her dissertation titled “The consequences of sleep disruption in Alzheimer’s disease progression and treatment.” This is an enormous accomplishment both for the newly-minted Dr. Martin, as well as for the Diering Lab, as Shenée was one of the first to join the lab! We are all extremely proud of her, and have no doubt that Shenée will continue to do great things moving forward.

Congratulations Kylie!

Kylie Joyce, an undergraduate technician in our lab, successfully defended her honor’s thesis titled “An Analysis of Synaptic Changes in PS19 Mice and Homeostatic Sleep Drive and Inflammatory Pathology in 5xFAD Mice” on March 31st, 2023. Coincidentally, this was also her birthday! Kylie is an excellent member of the Diering Lab, and we are all excited for her return to the lab after she graduates this spring!

Lab Update: First Publications and New Grad Student!

We are proud to announce that this year we have had our first two publications, both a data paper and a review! Julia’s data paper collaborates with the Zylka Lab on a mouse model exhibiting mania- and anxiety-like behavior. Shenée and Sarah’s review paper addresses the roles of Homer1 and mGluR5 in sleep drive. They are both available via our publications page.

The Diering Lab also welcomes Sean Gay to our lab! Sean is a BBSP Student planning to become a fully-fledged member of the Neuroscience Department soon.

Winter Rotation Students

This rotation we are welcoming Brandon Le and Sean Gay to the lab! Brandon will be characterizing gene expression in the context of differential sleep phenotypes. He will be using total RNA seq as well as targeted qPCR of sleep implicated transcripts. Sean will be assessing the affects of anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol on sleep related protein expression. He will work in-vitro with cultured neurons.

Congratulations to our former research technician Bradley Allf for winning 1st place in The Society for Neuroscience 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest! This video aims to showcase the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis in an accessible format. Many painstaking hours of stop motion animation went into these 5 minutes… enjoy!

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