Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
University Center, 303
29 Trembley Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Dr. Teniel Ramikie is a recipient of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowship for her work with Harvard Medical School and the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory at Mclean Hospital. She received her PhD. In Neuroscience at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Ramikie previously guest lectured at Belmont University in human anatomy and physiology. She is currently a member of the Association of Women in Science.
Following puberty, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) exhibits significant sex-specific asymmetry in incidence and symptom severity. Epidemiological evidence reveals that PTSD rates are two-fold higher in postpubescent females and, furthermore, they experience worse symptom outcomes. Even when controlling for non-biological factors, this increased vulnerability remains, suggesting that biological mechanisms may be at play. Dr. Ramikie’s research seeks to investigate the neurobiological processes that underlie this sex-specific asymmetry in PTSD using experimental models of impaired fear memory. To do this, she employs multidisciplinary techniques to examine processes underlying lasting modifications in neural circuits associated with pathological fear states and applies this approach to understand additional trauma-based disorders that also exhibit sex-specific asymmetries.