Stephanie Fedorchak is a graduate student in the neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at UT Health San Antonio. She previously attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience in the spring of 2018. She then joined UT Health in the fall of 2018. While here, she has earned a predoctoral NIH fellowship on the T32 Neuroscience training grant (2019-2020). She has presented her research in several poster sessions, both local and national: the 17th Annual Center for Biomedial Neuroscience Retreat, the 2019 Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium, and the 2019 Society for Neuroscience conference. Her main research interests lie in autonomic regulation and communication with peripheral organs. Currently, her work in the labs of Drs. Carie R. Boychuk and Teppei Fujikawa focuses on the parasympathetic regulation of pancreatic secretion in normal and pathophysiological conditions. The goal of this research is to improve our basic understanding of these systems with an eye to identifying potential sites of therapeutic intervention for metabolic disorders, such as type II diabetes. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Littlejohn, E.L., Fedorchak, S., Boychuk, C,R. (2020). Sex-steroid-dependent plasticity of brain-stem autonomic circuits. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 319(1). https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00357.2019
2019-2020 T32 Training Grant Predoctoral Fellow
B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018