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Postbac IRTA 2016-2018

B.Sc. Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Madeleine Perkins is a Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow working with Dr. Messanvi investigating the effects of prefrontal and hippocmapal galanin on visuospatial attention and response control. She is also working on a variety of anatomy projects elucidating the pathways of prefrontal cortical circuits using transynaptic viral tracing, and is independently conducting a project involving the chemogenetic manipulation of the dorsal and ventral hippocampus in tests of spatial navigation. Madeleine received a Bachelor of Science in Biology (conc. Neurobiology and Behavior) from Cornell University in 2016. In addition to her scientific interests, she writes fiction novels and is a pianist.

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Zurek DB, Perkins MQ, Gilbert C. Dynamic visual cues induce jaw opening and closing by tiger beetles during pursuit of prey. Biol Lett. 2014 Nov;10(11):20140760. PMID: 25376803.


Perkins, M. Q., Messanvi, F., & Chudasama, Y. (2017). Different patterns of neuronal infection in the rodent thalamus and temporal cortex revealed by retrograde transport of pseudorabies virus injected into the dorsal and ventral prefrontal cortex. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Abstract: #9467

Messanvi, F., Perkins, M. Q., duHoffmann, J., & Chudasama, Y. (2017). The neuropeptide galanin in the ventral medial prefrontal cortex modulates impulse control. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Abstract: #8870

Perkins, M. Q., F. Messanvi, J. duHoffmann, Y. Chudasama. (2017). Prefrontal galanin effects on attention and impulsivity.  National Institute of Mental Health Training Days, National Conference Center, Leesburg, VA.

Gilbert, C., Perkins M.Q. Spatial cognition in jumping spiders: Assessment of path length to prey and vantage point. (2016) International Congress of Arachnology, JeffCo Government Center, Golden, CO.