Dorela Doris Shuboni, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Dr. Erik Shapiro
Department of Radiology
B.A., Biochemistry, Albion College, 2009
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Michigan State University, 2013
Post-graduate Degree: Neuroscience and Molecular Imaging, Michigan State University
I am currently working as a research associate with Dr. Erik Shapiro in his Molecular and Cellular Imaging Laboratory (MCIL). The primary focus of my current research is to develop a technique for identifying small brain tumors and metastases using MRI to track an endogenous component of an animal’s immune system. Previous research in our laboratory has demonstrated the homing behavior of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to tumors in vitro, my work will determine when during tumorigenesis these cells travel to the site of tumor grow in vivo. The prognosis for patients with the most common brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, is currently poor; earlier diagnosis of brain cancer with improved detection methods would improve survival rates. Additionally, I have an interest in incorporating my passion for chronobiological research into my current work.
List of awards:
Neuroscience Program’s Training Grant from the NIH (T32 MH070343) under Dr. Marc Breedlove, 2011-2012
Ned Garvin Prize for Neuroscience, 2009
FURSCA Summer Research Program Award, 2008
Richard K. Vitek Chemistry Scholarship, 2008
FURSCA Research Grant, 2007
Lepard Family Pre-Medical Scholarship, 2007
FURSCA Summer Research Program Award, 2006
Albion College Presidential Academic Scholarship, 2005
1. Shuboni D.D., Cram S., Yan L., Nunez A.A., Smale L. (2012) Acute Behavioral Responses to Light and Darkness in the Nocturnal Mus Musculus and Diurnal Arvicanthis niloticus. Journal of Biological Rhythms 27(4): 299-307.
2. Shuboni D. and Yan L. (2010) Nighttime dim light exposure alters the responses of circadian system. Neuroscience, 170(4): 1172-1178.
3. Shuboni D.D., Cram S., Yan L., Nunez A.A., Smale L. Masking responses and light-induced changes in Fos expression in nocturnal and diurnal rodents. Poster, Society for Research in Biological Rhythms, Sandestin, Florida, 2012
4. Gall A., Shuboni D., Nunez A., Yan L., and Smale L. The intergeniculate leaflet (IGL) shows differential responses to light in diurnal and nocturnal rodents and contributes to the display of a day-active profile. Poster, Society for Research in Biological Rhythms, Sandestin, Florida, 2012
5. Shuboni D. and Yan L. Nighttime dim light exposure alters the responses of circadian system. Poster, Society for Research in Biological Rhythms, Sandestin, Florida, 2010