Madisen Swallow


 Principal Investigator:
         Dr. Nishimura

Sophomore, Class of 2018
College of Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences (Nutrition Concentration) & Sociology
Hometown: Rossmoor, CA

Madisen Swallow is a sophomore from Orange County, California in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Biological Sciences and Sociology on the Pre-Med Track. She started with the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab in the Summer of 2015, and is expected to graduate in May 2018.

In the Schaffer-Nishimura lab, Madisen works under the mentorship of Nozomi Nishimura. Her project focuses on the effect of a high fat diet on vasculature in the cortex. It has been proposed that the prevalence of vasculature blockages may be sensitive to dietary fat consumption. Transient blockage of vessels within the microvasculature of the cortex can create hypoxic conditions leading to neurodegeneration. Their project is currently focusing on using two-photon excitation florescence microscopy and laser speckle contrast imaging to determine differences in the prevalence of micro vascular infarcts, blood brain barrier permeability, and the rates of blood flow in mice fed a western diet. These results may provide evidence for the influence of nutrition and diet in prevention of neurological degenerative problems.

In addition to being and Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab, Madisen is the Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity Philanthropy Chair, the Panhellenic Delegate for Alpha Phi, the Vice President of Scheduling for Cayuga’s Watchers, a Cornell Public Health Society Executive Board Member, and a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar. She is also an Emergency Department Volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center and served as a Course Assistant for the Chemistry Pre-Freshman Summer Program last summer. In her free time Madisen enjoys relaxing with her friends and traveling the world. Last Spring Break she traveled to Cusco, Peru on a MEDLIFE Volunteer Medical Brigade. She hopes to spend every spring break traveling to foreign places and giving back in new communities!

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