People

Michael Cahill

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: michael.cahill@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-5784

Address:
2015 Linden Dr
3330 Vet Medicine

Amanda Vanderplow

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: avanderplow@wisc.edu

I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in French from Aquinas College in 2014. Prior to joining the Cahill Lab, I received my Master of Biology at Northern Michigan University in 2017. During my time at Northern, I successfully characterized the anatomical expression of a novel neuropeptide, TMEM35, in the hamster brain, defining sex differences in expression. Further, I described the effects of ovarian hormones on anatomical expression patterns (PI: Dr. Valerie Hedges). Currently, I am a Graduate Student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive and Physiology department. I’ve always thought of myself as a huge advocate for translational research that investigates sex and gender. Basic and preclinical research has historically been more often focused in males, which results in health care for women being based solely on findings from studies of men. I believe that to truly understand the biological processes that underlie human disorders, it is of value to scientific research to consider sex as a biological variable and thus how sex influences these same biological processes.  Outside of lab, I like to hang out with my cats, travel, run, ride my bike, play cribbage, and take naps.

Katy Bjornson

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: kbjornson@wisc.edu

I am a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison. I received my B.S. in neuroscience and sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2018. My primary area of research in the Cahill lab focuses on understanding the cellular signaling pathways that underly dendritic spine structural plasticity in cognition. I am also interested in neuro-psychiatic disorders and understanding the role that structural plasticity plays in disease states. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy playing volleyball, paddle boarding on lake Monona, and playing polo!