Student Profiles

Name: Motley, Sarah
Year you started at ISMMS: 2012
Program: PhD      MTA: NEU


Why you chose ISMMS?

What attracted me to Mount Sinai was their emphasis on translational medicine. Having interviewed at other schools that also valued translational medicine, I could see how much more Sinai was doing to integrate basic science and clinical research.

Lab: Morrison + Shapiro


Synaptic signatures of cognitive aging in primate prefrontal and visual cortices: investigating AMPAR and NMDAR subunits and how their expression and co-localization is correlated with spine type, region of synaptic input (thalamic or cortical), and brain region (V1 v. dlPFC).

Undergrad institution and major: Brigham Young University, Neuroscience

What did you do between college and grad school?

I finished my B.S. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University in December 2010. In January 2011 I started a M.S. in Neuroscience, also at Brigham Young University. I graduated with my M.S in April 2012, took a few months to spend time with my family, and started the Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in August 2012.

What do you like to do outside of school?

My absolute favorite thing is to go to the theater, but I also love exploring the city, visiting museums, reading, and race running.

What is your favorite quote? “Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. / In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. / Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. / It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley

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