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Benjamin Cocanougher

Benjamin Cocanougher

  • Scholar
  • United States
  • 2016 PhD Zoology
  • St Catharine's College

I grew up catching praying mantises and damselflies in rural Kentucky. As an undergraduate at Centre College, I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; I spent my summers taking care of sick children at the Center for Courageous Kids and doing research in organic chemistry and neuroscience. I matriculated directly to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed my first three years of medical school. I then moved to Janelia Research Campus as a HHMI Medical Research Fellow; there I studied the neural and genetic bases of behavior. As a PhD student in Zoology, I will study adaptive behavior. All animals integrate information about past experience into future decisions; this is the basis of learning and memory. I am proposing to write a specific memory and read the memory trace in the brain. I will use the fruit fly as a model organism. By understanding mechanisms of memory storage, we can begin to investigate changes in memory formation in disease; this may allow us to develop rational therapies for disorders of memory formation, including autism and Alzheimer’s disease. After completing my PhD, I will return to finish my last year of medical school and pursue a career as a child neurologist and neuroscientist, using my lab to better understand the patients I see in clinic.

Previous Education

Centre College

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Gates Scholars wins Young Scientist Award

Congratulations to Gates Scholar Vijay Kanuru who has won a prestigious Young Scientist Award from the Council of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS). He will be presented with his award at the 14th International Congress on Catalysis in Seoul, Korea in July 2008. http://www.iacs-icc.org/index.html http://www.icc2008korea.com/congress03.asp    

Gates Scholar paper published on global origins of new influenza viruses

Congratulations to former Gates Scholar Dr Colin Russell (2002 – 2006) of the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, who has co-penned a paper which has been published in Science magazine. The article has also been published in various languages in a variety of countries. The article can be viewed at: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/320/5874/340  

Distinguished Lecture Series Review: Peter Nolan

On March 12, 2008, professor Peter Nolan gave a talk at the Gates Common room in Cambridge University as a part of the Gates Distinguished Lecture Series. Professor Nolan’s talk covered a range of topics and sparked wide interest among the 50 attendees in the packed common room. 2007 Gates Scholar James Zou was in […]

Gates Scholar wins Soros Fellowship

KRISHNAN SUBRAHMANIAN is currently Border State Director of Obama for America, supplementing field efforts for the presidential campaign. He has deferred matriculation at Stanford’s Medical School until the Fall of 2008. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he was elected President and first class Marshal of the class of 2003. He graduated magna cum laude with […]

Ranking forms for 2008 entry for University Departments

University Departments and Faculties can use the following links to download forms on which to rank applicants for entry in October 2008: EU research applicants EU one-year applicants Overseas one-year applicants   If you require the list of applicants in electronic form, please e-mail the Gates Cambridge Trust. We would be grateful if completed ranking […]

New US Gates Cambridge Scholars announced

Following interviews held in Annapolis, Maryland, on 8 and 9 February 2008, the Gates Cambridge Trust is delighted to announce that scholarships for study at the University of Cambridge have been awarded to the 45 American students Full information about the new American Gates Scholars for 2008.

Gates Distinguished Lecture Lent Term 2008

You and your friends are warmly invited to the first lecture of the 2008 Lent Term Gates Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 19th. Come and learn something new about archaeological detective work and human social evolution! The speaker, Professor Martin Jones, is the George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University. He will […]