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Ninotchska M.

Delvalle-Dorta
E-mail: delval12@msu.edu
Phone: 517-897-2201

EDUCATION
2013-

567 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

 General GPA: 3.81/4.00
2009 – 2013

University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo Campus
Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Microbiology

 General GPA: 3.77/4.00
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2013-

Michigan State University
Neuroscience Program
 For my doctoral research, I am focusing on the role of tachykinin peptides on enteric glia and
gastrointestinal dysfunction. Mentored by Dr. Brian Gulbransen, I have demonstrated that
enteric glia express tachykinin receptors and are able to respond to tachykinin stimulation by
inducing a robust calcium response. Furthermore, my preliminary data suggests that enteric glial
activation by tachykinin peptides reduces neuronal survival in an in vitro model.
Principal Investigator: Brian D. Gulbaransen, Ph.D.
 Skills: Calcium Imaging, Electrophysiology, In vitro Cell Death Assay, Immunohistochemistry,
QPCR, colon bead assay, inflammation models in rodent, pellet production assay, intraperitoneal
injections, GraphPad Prism.

Summer 2012

Michigan State University
Neuroscience Program
 Role of Extracellular Calcium in Methyl-mercury Induced Dopamine Release in PC12 Cells
o Conducted research on the role of extracellular calcium in MeHg- induced DA release in
PC12 cells. Performed cell culture, protein assays as well as HPLC. Participated in lab
meetings, which focused on research methods and writing protocols in Neuroscience.
Principal Investigator: Keith Lookingland, Ph.D.
 Skills: PC12 cell culture, ELISA Assay, HPLC

January 2011 – May 2011

University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo Campus
Department of Biology
 Biotic and Abiotic Factors of the Bioluminescent Bay Affecting the Microbial Community.
o Researched the biotic and abiotic factors of the Bioluminescent Bay at Cabo Rojo, PR
and their role on the demise of the microbial community.
Principal Investigator: Raquel Vargas, Ph.D.
Skills: sample collection, bacterial cultures

SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2016-

Michigan State University
Student Advisory Council (SAC)

 PhD Student Member
o SAC advices the college on issues concerning undergraduate and graduate students, and
promotes interests of these students.
2016Michigan State University
College of Natural Science- Council of Diversity and Community
 PhD Student Member
 Liaison for College-sponsored Seminar Speaker
o Together with the other members of the committee, I advise the college on issues
relevant to women and minorities. As a liaison for the college-sponsored seminar
speaker, I organize diversity seminars and luncheons with graduate students to promote
diversity and inclusion within the College of Natural Science.
2016Michigan State University
Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
 Steering Committee Member
o Help organize monthly meetings focused on the recruitment, retention, and graduation
of minority students in doctoral programs in STEM and Social Sciences.
2014-2016

Michigan State University
Neuroscience Program
 Neuroscience Research Forum Chair
o Develop and organize professional development seminar sessions for our neuroscience
graduate students.
Summer 2015
Michigan State University
Neuroscience Program
 Undergraduate Research Mentor
o Developed a summer research project for an undergraduate summer student. Trained
student in basic laboratory techniques and research practices.
Summer 2015
Michigan State University
Bridge to PhD in Neuroscience Program
 Student Mentor
o Mentored minority undergraduate students that were conducting research at Michigan
State University. Helped students prepare graduate school applications and practice
research talks.
2014-2015

Michigan State University
Neuroscience Program
 Student Representative, Internal Review Committee
o Evaluate the current needs of our program and helped contribute to improvements
needed to further enhance our neuroscience program

OUTREACH
 Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Student Forum, Michigan State University, 2016
 Poster Evaluator, Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University, 2016
 Poster Judge, Undergraduate Bruce Award, Experimental Biology, 2016
 Booth Leader, Neuroscience Fair, Michigan State University, 2016
 Presenter, Brain Awareness Week at Pinecrest Elementary, Michigan State University, 2016

 Presenter, Scientist Day, Detroit Zoo, 2016
 Presenter and Volunteer Organization Committee, Girl’s Math and Science Day, Graduate
Women in Science, Michigan State University, 2015-2016
 Poster Judge, Undergraduate Neuroscience Forum, Michigan State University, 2015
 Poster Judge, Undergraduate Research Arts Forum, Michigan State University, 2015
 Invited Presenter, Laingsburg Middle School Science Fair, Michigan State University, 2015
 Booth Leader, Neuroscience Fair, Michigan State University, 2015
 Presenter, Brain Awareness Week at Mt. Hope Elementary, Michigan State University, 2015
 Presenter, Brain Awareness Week at Marble Elementary, Michigan State University, 2015
 Booth Assistant, Neuroscience Fair, Michigan State University, 2014
 Keynote Speaker Committee, Girl’s Math and Science Day, Graduate Women in Science,
Michigan State University, 2014-2015
TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE
 Lecturer, ‘GI Neurobiology’, PHM 480: Neurobiology of Disease, Michigan State University, 2015
 Graduate Student Mentor, Gretchen M. Rivera-Lopez, Summer 2015

MEMBERSHIPS
 American Physiological Society (APS)
 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
 Sigma Delta Epsilon, Graduate Women in Science

AWARDS
 Travel Fellowship, Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2016
 Spring 2016 AGEP Scholar Award, The Graduate School, Michigan State University, East Lansing,
MI, 2016-2017
 APS Minority Travel Fellowship to Attend Experimental Biology, APS, 2016
 Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship, The Graduate School, Michigan State
University, East Lansing, MI, Spring and Summer 2016
 Minority Affairs Committee Travel Award at the Biophysical Society 57th Annual Meeting,
Philadelphia, PA February, 2013

PRESENTATIONS
 Poster Presentation: “ Tachykinin Activation on Enteric Glia: A Novel Mechanism of Enteric
Nervous System Dysfunction in Irritable Bowel Syndrome” Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA,
2016
 Poster Presentation: “Chronic Stimulation of GFAP::hM3Dq Receptors on Glia Induces Functional
but not Morphological Changes in the Enteric Nervous System” Great Lakes Glia Conference,
Traverse City MI, 2015
 Poster Presentation: “Chronic Stimulation of GFAP::hM3Dq Receptors on Glia Induces Functional
but not Morphological Changes in the Enteric Nervous System” First Annual Neural Conference,
Birmingham AL, 2015
 Chalk Talk: “Enteric Glia: Friend or Foe?” AGEP Community Meeting, Michigan State University,
2015

 Poster Presentation: “Role of Extracellular calcium in MeHg-induced DA release in PC12 cells”
Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), 2012
 Poster Presentation: “Role of Extracellular calcium in MeHg-induced DA release in PC12 cells”
Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, 2013

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES ATTENDED
 ISE 870: Teaching College Science, Spring 2016
o Course on theory and practice of student-centered college teaching.
 Portal to the Public Fellowship, Detroit Zoo, 2015-2016
o Workshops on educating the general public about science topics and how to facilitate
learning through outreach activities.
 Mastering the Interview and Securing Positions at 2- and 4- Year Institutions, The Graduate
School, Michigan State University, 2015
o Workshop on expectations for applicants at research institutions