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Michelle Sheena

Graduate Student


Michelle is currently a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UIC. She graduated from Tulane University in 2016 with a BS in Neuroscience, and double minors in Spanish and Studio Art. Her research in the Burkhouse/Ajilore lab focuses on family history of psychopathology and the effect on children’s neural responses (fMRI/EEG) and how to visualize these responses in higher dimensions. She is also interested in the health humanities and medical education.

Selected Publications

Sheena M, Lewis E, Fears N, Lockman J. Strategies for Orienting Objects: Success and Efficiency During Hand-to-Mouth Transport in Infants. Poster presented at: Society for Research in Child Development; April 8, 2017; Austin, TX.

Kaylan KB, Russel SM, Justice C, Chunara ZS, McGinn LS, Mehta NA, Patil SN, Seyller HR, Sheena MK, Curry RH.  Applying the lean startup method to structure project-based, student-driven curricular enhancements. Accepted for presentation before the Central Group on Educational Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges; Rapid City, South Dakota, March 2020  *not presented due to Covid-19 cancellation