Megan Sylvester

Graduate School
Year Entered Program: 
2015
Degrees Received: 

BS in Public Health and Integrative Biology from the University of Colorado Denver

Thesis Research: 

Ahern M, Goodell DJ, Adams J, Bland ST.  Brain regional differences in social encounter-induced Fos expression in male and female rats after post-weaning social isolation. Brain Research 2016; 1630:120-133.

About Me: 

Growing up in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains have always been my playground. Whether it is hiking 14ers, rocking climbing, trail running, camping, fishing, biking, or my absolute favorite—skiing—I love tackling new adventures in the great outdoors with my friends and family.  My other favorite pastime is music.  I spent the first two years of my college career working toward a musical theater degree.  Even though I decided that Broadway wasn’t in my future—I still use music as a stress reliever whenever I need a study break.  I have always been torn between a career in performance and a career in science, however there is one passion that has never faltered: my love for outreach.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to volunteer in multiple third-world countries, and since developed a deep love for traveling, learning about new cultures, and working with under-served communities.  My greatest long-term goal as a physician scientist is to use the skills and knowledge I develop over my career to teach medicine and basic science techniques in third-world countries.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Ahern MA, Black CP, Seedorf GJ, Baker CD, Shepherd DP. Hyperoxia impairs pro-angiogenic RNA production in preterm endothelial colony-forming cells. AIMS Biophysics, 2017, 4(2): 284-297.  

  2. Ahern MA, Goodell DJ, Adams J, Bland ST.  Brain regional differences in social encounter-induced Fos expression in male and female rats after post-weaning social isolation. Brain Research 2016; 1630:120-133.

  3. Goodell DJ, Ahern MA, Baynard J, Wall VL, Bland ST. A novel escapable social interaction test reveals that social behavior and mPFC activation during an escapable social encounter are altered by post-weaning social isolation and are dependent on the aggressiveness of the stimulus rat. Behav Brain Res. 2016 Sep 12; 317:1-15.