Julia Derk, Graduate Research Assistant

Julia Derk, Graduate Research Assistant

Julia earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Brandeis University and received high honors for her study of children with developmental delays and their impairments in coordinating self-generated force fields as part of the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory.

A Colorado Native, she’s currently pursuing her PhD in the Pathobiology and Translational Medicine Training Program as a part of the NYU Sackler Graduate School. She is investigating the mechanistic link between microglial RAGE (Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products) and Neurodegenerative Disease.

In addition to her research, Julia is the Sackler Student Council President, a STEM high school mentor through NYU Clear Direction, and in the NYU Entrepreneurship Society. She is thrilled to have joined Dr. Ann Marie Schmidt’s interdisciplinary research team and looks forward to many discoveries to come.

DiZio P, Derk J, Pigeon P, Bakshi A, Lavallee A, Lackner JR.  Self-Generated Coriolis Forces in Children’s Reaching Movements.  Abstract presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in New Orleans, 10/12

Derk J, DiZio, P, Pigeon, P., Bakshi, A., Lavallee, A., Lackner, J.R. Developmental Pattern of Self-Generated Coriolis Force in Children's Reaching Movements. Senior Honors Thesis - Brandeis University, 2012