Doctoral student in Integrative Neuroscience
Grant received degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology, as well as a minor in Cognitive Studies, from Michigan State University in 2018. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant under Dr. Julia Ganz, studying the genomic and genetic factors that regulate the development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) in zebrafish. His work focused on examining specific genes of interest and their roles in defining the cellular landscape of the ENS, as well as developing a single-cell dissociation protocol for the ENS.
Grant’s current research interests pertain to the genomic and epigenomic factors that regulate the learning of complex behaviors. He is generally interested in how song learning in zebra finches is the result of complex interactions between the animal’s internal and external environments. Specifically, how are social experiences during song learning encoded into regions of the neural learning network and at which stage of neural development is song learning and retention possible.