Degree: PhD, University of Minnesota, 2017
I am interested in the cellular and molecular signaling mechanisms of sex-steroid hormones in the brain and how that signaling influences behavior. Currently, I am studying estradiol signaling in the hippocampus and its impact on memory formation.
Gross K, Brandner D, Martinez L, Olive MF, Meisel R, Mermelstein P. (2016) Opposite effects of mGluR1a and mGluR5 activation on nucleus accumbens medium spiny neuron dendritic spine density. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0162755
Martinez L, Gross K, Himmler B, Emmitt N, Peterson B, Zlebnik N, Olive MF, Carroll M, Meisel R, Mermelstein P. (2016) Estradiol facilitation of cocaine self-administration in female rats requires activation of mGluR5. eNeuro 3(5): ENEURO-0140.