PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Faculty advisor: Craig W. Berridge, Professor, Psychology
Sofiya Hupalo is interested in the neuropeptide, corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). CRF has been studied extensively for over three decades as a stress-related neurotransmitter, but no one had yet examined the cognitive actions of CRF in the prefrontal cortex – a brain region that regulates higher order cognition. The data she collected in her rotation in the Berridge Lab her first year of graduate school suggested that CRF acts within the prefrontal cortex to impair cognition. This finding motivated her to continue her research in this area.