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Happy Mother’s Day πŸ’ * I’d give anything in the world to see you again Mom. To squeeze you one last time and remind you how much I love you. I will always strive to make you proud. Te amo mami β™₯️ * If you are lucky enough to have your mom, give her a big hug for me. I’ll live vicariously through all of you 😌 #HappyMomsDay

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⚑️🧠 #LastWeek #ScienceSaturday @rockefelleruniv @rockedu_ 😁 * * We had so much fun teaching kids about neuronal circuits and helping them visualize how neurons fire ⚑️🧠 Vanessa (aka @brain_kween πŸ“·) and I love doing outreach and getting involved with the next generation of scientists πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ”¬πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ”¬πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš•οΈ Do you enjoy doing outreach? Looking for ways to get involved? DM me and I’ll help point you in the right direction πŸ˜πŸ™Œ * * * * * #Science #Outreach #SciComm #Neuroscience #Neurons #FireTigetherWireTogether #Passion #Love #NextGen #NYC #NewYork #Circuits #ScienceDay #ScienceSaturday #Happy #Learn #Fun #Kids #Rockefeller #instagood #Instamood #InstaScience #phdstudentsofinstagram #PhD #PhDLife #GradLife

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Sex differences in the brain?!?!? 🧐 Had so much fun chatting about my research during my interview with Julian from @straightfromascientist πŸ”¬πŸ§ πŸ˜ *β € Check out their podcast 'Straight from a Scientist' were they interview researchers/PhD/doctors about their ongoing projects and interests. The link to my interview is in their bio so go check it out πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ * As you’ll learn from the podcast, I’m very interested in studying the molecular mechanisms that regulate addiction and comorbid neuropsychiatric disorders, byΒ identifying and characterizing the sexually dimorphic circuits regulating these complex behaviors. Feel free to contact me with any questions πŸ‘ŒπŸ™‚ * * #neuroscience #SciComm #NYC #Passion #Love #Instagood #PhD #GradLife #Researcher #Instascience #podcast #thebrainscientist #sexdifferences #neuro #research #women #men #brains #interview #scientistswhoselfie #phdstudentsofinstagram #phdstudent #scientists #knowyourbrain #hormones

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Happy #Scientistswhoselfie #Sunday πŸ“·πŸ€³πŸ½ *β € This week (and weekend) has been super hectic. I’ve been working on a proposal as well as running a few fun experiments πŸ˜πŸ™Œ Thankfully my proposal is just about finished βœπŸ½πŸ“„πŸ“Š #HopefullyIGetFunding * I’ve also been prepping some samples for western blot analysis. For this, I flash froze my brain samples and proceeded to cut them using the cryostat. After obtaining 200 micron thick sections, I used a tissue puncher to isolate specific brain nuclei for further analysis πŸ§ πŸ”¬ Swipe right to see more detailed images of this process ➑️➑️➑️ * * #neuroscience #SciComm #NYC #Passion #Love #Instagood #PhD #GradLife #Researcher #Science #InstaScience #WesternBlot #Cryostat #Brains #Dissection

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Happy Brain Day πŸ˜πŸ§ πŸ™Œ #TGIF *β € This week has been super fun and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to meet so many people that are as passionate about science as I am πŸ”¬ 😍 ** I’m also quite passionate about outreach, wether it be science related or not. I encourage all of you to get involved in your community. There are lots of ways to get involved and inspire future generations πŸ˜„ *** I also wanted to thank the multiple pages that were kind enough to share my story and give my research some great exposure. I’m looking forward to meeting many more science enthusiasts πŸ˜„ @neurocienciasbr @the_sushi_scientist @bbrainynyc @thescicommunity * Currently heading to the New York Hall of Science for a fun filled Brain Day. Follow me as I take over the @bbraiNY account and have some fun while teaching kids about the brain 🧠😁 * * * #neuroscience #BrainDay #BAW #BAW2018 #SciComm #Outreach #Friday #Fun #Kids #NYC #HallofScience #Inspiration #Passion #FutureGenerations #Love #Instagood #PhD #GradLife #Researcher #Science #Queens #TakeOver #InstaScience

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Brain Awareness Week continues πŸ˜πŸ™Œ #Repost @the_sushi_scientist 🧠 Check out this amazing page for lots of fun (and yummy) science communication 🍣πŸ₯’ Here is an amazing rendition of some of the research done in my lab 😁 ・・・ Hello everyone, my name is Jean Rivera (@thebrainscientist), and I’m a second year graduate student in the Neuroscience program at Weill Cornell. *β € Our lab is interested in identifying and characterizing the neural circuit mechanisms of addiction and comorbid anxiety and affective neuropsychiatric disorders. * To study this, we mainly focus on the role of sex hormones in: 1) the organization of behaviorally-relevant limbic circuits 2) the activity of cell type- and projection-defined neuronal populations within these circuits 3) the receptor-specific signaling of neuropeptides and neurotransmitters at critical synaptic nodes. * Using a number of complementary molecular, physiological, and behavioral techniques, including neuronal tracing, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, slice electrophysiology, and in vivo and ex vivo optogenetics and chemogenetics, we are able to analyze neural circuit mechanisms of addiction and mood disorders at the anatomical, molecular, cellular, synaptic, circuit, and behavioral levels. 🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠 #science #sushi #neuroscience #brainawarenessweek #baw #anxiety #addiction #depression #medicine #psychology #md #phd #nursing #rn #BAW #WeillCornell #WCGS #SciComm #physiciansassistant #pa #education #steam #scientist @danafoundation @societyforneuroscience @brain_facts_org

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Had a blast this weekend at the Neuroscience Retreat πŸ§ πŸŒ²β„οΈ β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β € β €β € Retreats provide an opportunity for everyone in our Neuroscience community to meet and discuss their work. This increases awareness of ongoing research and approaches, to foster new interactions, and to generate novel collaborations. β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € #Neuroscience #Retreat #Neuro #WeillCornell #GradSchool #Science #Poconos #Researchers

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Happy International Women’s Day!! I want to dedicate this post to Dr. Helen RodrΓ­guez-TrΓ­as. She was a Puerto Rican Pediatrician and activist. πŸ‘©πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ‡΅πŸ‡·πŸšΊβ€οΈ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € She was the first Latina president of The American Public Health Association, a founding member of the Women's Caucus of the American Public Health Association and the recipient of the Presidential Citizen's Medal. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € During her years in Puerto Rico, Rodriguez-Trias became aware that unsuspecting Puerto Rican women were being sterilized and that Puerto Rico was being used by the United States as a laboratory for the development of birth control technology. β €β €β €β €β €β € Poor women, women of color, and women with physical disabilities were far more likely to be sterilized than white, middle-class women. In Puerto Rico, for example, between 1938 and 1968, a third of the women of child-bearing age were sterilized without being fully informed of its consequences. β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Rodriguez-Trias supported abortion rights, fought for the abolishment of enforced sterilization, and sought that neonatal care to underserved people be provided. β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € In the 1980s, Rodriguez-Trias served as medical director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. She worked on behalf of women from minority groups who were infected with the HIV virus. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € She is credited with helping to expand the range of public health services for women and children in minority and low-income populations in the United States, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € #InternationalWomensDay #PuertoRico #Boricua #WomensRights #Feminist #WomensDay #WomenInSTEM #Pioneer #Inspiration #Motivation #PressForProgress #IWD2018 #IWD #PowerfulWomen #InstaWoman #SupportWomen #BreakingBarriers #Dreamer #RoleModel #ThankYou #Progress

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Missing my beautiful island πŸŒ΄β˜€οΈ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Considering taking a vacation for spring break? Visit ℙ𝕦𝕖𝕣π•₯𝕠 β„π•šπ•”π•  !! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € After hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was left devastated. Much of its economy depends on tourism. By simply enjoying a few pina coladas on the beach, you’ll help stimulate the local economy. Every little bit helps 😊 and there’s no need to worry about electricity and running water as the main tourist hubs are back to normal πŸ‘Œ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € You can also donate to the @ricky_martin foundation: β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € https://www.youcaring.com/peopleofpuertorico-957793 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #VisitPuertoRico #SpringBreak #Beautiful #Caribbean #Island #Vacation #HelpMyIsland #Boricua #HurricaneRelief #DontForget #Paradise #Beautiful #PRstrong

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Great day for a hikeπŸŒ΄β˜€οΈ #LA β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #MondayMotivation #RunyonCanyon #Hike #VitaminD #Sunny #WeekendGetaway #California #WestCoast #LosAngeles #CA #PalmTrees #BlueSkies #Perfect #WhatOscars #PreferToHike #Explore #PhDLife #GradSchoolBreak #NotMissingNYC #ShouldMissMyFlight #Instagood

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#Throwback to my final lab rotation and first time working with cells. These little guys are a great model! Easy to use and you can gets tons of data in a relatively short timeframe. Here is one of the experiments I ran during my rotation: β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Swipe right to see the overlay ➑️➑️➑️ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € You can see a membrane protein labeled with a red fluorophore that we hypothesized interacts with the nuclear protein that expresses GFP (green fluorescent protein). β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € By applying different agonists/antagonists, one can begin to understand and characterize how these proteins may be interacting πŸ‘Œ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #HekCells #Hek293T #rotation #CellCulture #flurophores #researcher #boricua #phdlife #gradschool #science #neuroscience #microscopy #invivo #imaging #GFP #coexpress #interactions #cells #agonist #pharmacology #antagonists #scicomm #phdstudent #PhD #NYC #WCGS #WeillCornell

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After long days in the lab, I want nothing more than to be back on the beach in Puerto Rico. 🏝 β˜€οΈ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Finding a good work/life balance is essential in this chaotic grad school life. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Visiting family/friends and traveling are some of my favorite ways to relax and recharge. How do you recharge after a stressful week? β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know: β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € 32% of Ph.D. students are at risk of having or developing a psychiatric disorder such as depression. β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €. #Vacation #PuertoRico #Beach #Caribbean #Icacos #Catamaran #Winter #Getaway #PhDstudent #PhDlife #researcher #gradstudent #worklifebalance #awareness #Beachbum #researchlife #Boricua #WCGS #Neuro

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Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day, but how important can breakfast truly be? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ₯“πŸ³πŸ₯žπŸ₯β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € A large and growing body of scientific evidence now supports the claim that breakfast really is a very important meal. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Multiple studies show that failure to eat something at the start of the day can have surprisingly serious health consequences for those concerned. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β € A great example of this is a study done by Cahill et al. (2013) in which they documented a 27% increase in coronary heart disease amongst those North American men who regularly failed to eat a meal at the start of the day. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Current estimates show that approximately 25% of adults and 36% of adolescents skip this essential meal. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € Although life can be fast paced and chaotic, look out for your well being and eat a well balanced breakfast before you start your day πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € #Breakfast #Healthy #Benefits #Monday #StartYourDayRight #Balance #Oatmeal #Fruits #Pecan #ChiaSeeds #Coffee #NoAddedSugar #Organic #Juice #AM #HealthConscious #BreakfastWithBello #Science #FunFact

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Sunsets are one of my all time favorite things. 🀩 β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Fun fact: The colors of the sky result from sunlight interacting with small molecules in the air, which cause it to be deflected in all directions, a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. All wavelengths of light are scattered, but they are not scattered equally. 🌈 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € A common misconception is that sunsets are caused by contamination. 🌫🏭🌫 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Contaminants in the air like many man-made aerosols are small enough to meet this criterion and can contribute to the intense colors seen while the sun is setting in polluted cities around the 🌎 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Although contaminants can contribute to intensifying the colors observed during a sunset, small molecules of nitrogen and oxygen already present in the atmosphere will still be able to scatter light regardless of contaminant levels. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #Sunsets #Sky #Beach #Westport #Colors #FunFact #Science #Scattering #Beautiful #Sunset #Sun #Sunday #Winter #Instagood #instagramhub #InstaSun #InstaSunsets #GradLife #Love

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Doing data analysis on a Saturday can lead to lots of excitement πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ€© After hours of behavioral testing and subsequent analysis, you occasionally get the results you’re hoping for πŸ“ŠπŸ’― #Miraclesdohappen #significance #pvalue #research #phdstudent #laboratorylife #science #saturday #phdlife #research #weekend #wcgs #cornell #nyc #data #analysis #statistics #sexdifferences #behavior #mice #graphpad

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#FlashbackFriday 😁 This year at the @societyforneuroscience conference, I had an amazing time meeting scientists from around the πŸŒŽβ €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € I was accompanied by: β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €@brain_kween & @cell_queen β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀↕️↕️↕️↕️↕️↕️↕️↕️ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €check out their pages for more #SciComm πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € @brain_kween β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € @brain_kween β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €πŸ§ πŸ‘‘πŸ§ πŸ‘‘πŸ§ πŸ‘‘πŸ§ πŸ‘‘πŸ§  β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € @cell_queen β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € @cell_queen β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €πŸ”¬πŸ‘‘πŸ”¬πŸ‘‘πŸ”¬πŸ‘‘πŸ”¬πŸ‘‘πŸ”¬ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β € β €β €We had the opportunity to learn about different tools and techniques that we can implement in our future experiments. This method of tissue clearing is quite amazing! It allows us to image deep into tissue we normally wouldn’t be able to image due to light scattering πŸ’‘(while retaining structural details)πŸ‘Œ #neuroscience #lablife #chemistry #laboratory #laboratorylife #PhD #NYC #WCGS #Conference #SfN #neuro #imaging #clarity #techniques #instagood #science #Research

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Happy Anniversary to my wonderful guy ❀️ I never thought I’d find someone quite like you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful friends and family with me. You have been a blessing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking forward to making many more memories with you by my side 😍😘 #1YearToday

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