Marketta Kachemov's senior honors thesis spans three
laboratories and two Valley locations: Barrett, the Honors College
at Arizona State University and TGen.
On October 17, Marketta is taking her project on the road to
Chicago, where she will give a poster presentation at Neuroscience
2015, the 45th annual meeting for the Society for
Her project examines how chronic stress with a recovery period,
or lack thereof, may affect the brain.
"Hopefully, we will see different pathways lighting up, and
through those pathways, drug targets could be determined for
treating people who have been exposed to unremitting, chronic
stressors,"explained Marketta, a 2014 Helios Scholars at TGen
alumna who is now serving a volunteer internship in TGen's Center
At Barrett, Marketta started working in Dr. Miles Orchinik's
neuroscience lab in the School of Life Sciences. They partnered
with Dr. Cheryl Conrad's psychology lab which studies stress in
rats, and Marketta is analyzing Dr. Conrad's rat tissue with Dr.
Patrick Pirrotte, technical director of the Center for Proteomics.
They are looking at the hippocampus, which is an area of the brain
known to be impacted by stress.
Marketta, Dr. Pirrotte explained, has played a key role in
bridging labs at TGen and at ASU to expand the current study to
include transcriptomics in addition of the protein profiling work
performed at the Center for Proteomics.
"Her work and engagement has been exemplary and will be rewarded
with a rich dataset that will likely lead to new insights into
chronic stress and recovery," he said.
Neuroscience 2015 takes place October 17-21 in Chicago. An
estimated 30,000 researchers from 80 countries are expected to
Good luck, Marketta, and congratulations on your