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As an undergraduate working in the Mackie lab at Indiana University, I explored the functional characteristics of endocannabinoid signaling, with a thesis focus on splice variants of cannabinoid receptor 1.  In graduate school at the University of Montana, I investigate the molecular and biophysical mechanisms involved with learning and memory in the Kavanaugh lab.  


Aug 2008May 2013


Indiana University

Double major in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in Chemistry

Aug 2011May 2013

Honors Thesis

Indiana University

CB1 Receptor Splice Variants

Teaching Experience

Aug 2013Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

University of Montana

"Pharmacy and Toxicology I" lecture 

"Use and Abuse of Drugs" lecture

"Pharmaceutical Sciences" laboratory 

"Fundamental Neuroscience" lecture

Jan 2013May 2013

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Indiana University

"Biological mechanisms" 

Poster Presentations

Indiana University (2011)

Mice Expressing a Desensitization-Resistant Form of CB1 Receptors Show Ethanol Preference by Self Administration

Indiana University (2012)

CB1 Receptor Splice Variants

Winter Conference on Brain Research  and Graduate Research Symposium at the University of Montana (2015)

Identification of human SLC1 transporters that mediate transmembrane flux of D-serine

*Top 20 posters from young investigators 

Scholarships and awards

Apr 2015

Award winner at the 14th annual Graduate Research Symposium 

University of Montana
May 2013

Departmental Honors for Neuroscience

Indiana University
Aug 2008May 2012

Indiana University Recognition Scholarship


SpectrUM Science Museum Brain Lab Volunteer:  May 2014 - present

Montana Brain Bee Volunteer:  February 2015

GPSA senator:  October 2015-present


Submitted to PLOS ONE "Mice expressing a "hyper-sensitive" form of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1) show greater alcohol preference and consumption"

David J Marcus1,2,*, Angela N Henderson-Redmond2,*, Maciej Gonek1, Michael L Zee1,2, Jill C Farnsworth1, Randa A Amin1, Mary-Jeanette Andrews1, Brian J Davis1, Ken Mackie1 and Daniel J Morgan 1,2, †

In press "D-serine is a substrate for neutral amino acid transporters ASCT1 and ASCT2, and is transported by both sub-types in rat hippocampal astrocyte cultures"

Alan C Foster1, Jill Farnsworth2, Genevieve Lind2, Yong-Xin Li1,3, John Yang1, Van Dang1, Mahmud Penjwini1, Veena Viswanath1, Ursula Staubli1 and Michael Kavanaugh2