Kat Salazar is a research technician in the Twomey Lab. She graduated from a dual-degree program at Texas A&M International University in 2017, earning over 70+ University credit hours, graduating as a University Honors student and with Dean’s List distinction. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Philosophy from Bates College in December 2020, graduating with Dean’s List distinction. Her undergraduate Neuroscience research thesis, which investigated heterogeneity of mitral cells in the mouse olfactory bulb, was done in collaboration with Dr. Jason Castro from Bates College and Dr. Krishnan Padmanabhan from Rochester University. Her undergraduate Philosophy thesis was done under the guidance of Professor Mike Dacey, where she researched and proposed multi-dimensional approaches to human consciousness in the context of biomedical ethics and animal sentience philosophy. During her time in the lab, Kat hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of the structural biology of AMPA receptors and their role in neurodegenerative diseases.