Degree Status: Graduate StudentAdvisor: Lily Yan
Joel E. Soler is a graduate research assistant in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at Michigan State University. He obtained his BA in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2014. He is currently working in Dr. Lily Yan’s lab where he is studying the neural mechanisms of how different environmental lighting conditions may modulate hippocampal-dependent learning and memory in a diurnal rodent.
In addition to being an active researcher, he mentors undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing neuroscience research and is part of a focus group for the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) that participates in a series of webinars focused on enhancing scientific rigor in neuroscience. He has also done outreach activities where he has recruited undergraduate minority students from the University of Puerto Rico to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored summer research program at Michigan State University. Joel plans to expand his horizons to gain a better understanding of how scientific research is funded and where priority is being assigned.