MSc/PhD Program
Delane Espinueva
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Delane Espinueva


College / University:
University of British Columbia

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Major Subjects:
Behavioural Neuroscience, Speech Science

Lab Experience:
extensive rodent husbandry (including breeding, weaning, daily care, health monitoring, etc., of male and female Long Evans rats), transcardial perfusion, whole brain extraction, stereotaxic surgery and post-operative care, targeted cerebral irradiation, genotyping (including ear snipping, PCR, gel electrophoresis), behavioural training and testing in operant chambers, sectioning with microtomes and vibratomes, immunohistochemistry (particularly fluorescence-based; some chromogenic), light microscope, confocal microscope, neuron reconstruction for morphological analysis (using ImageJ/FIJI and Neutube), basic training in cell culture.
September 2014 – September 2017: Neurogenesis Lab; Dr. Jason S. Snyder, University of British Columbia
September 2014 – June 2015: Environmental Cognition Lab; Dr. Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia

Projects / Research:
2016 – 2017: Investigating the neuroplastic effects of learning on different aged neurons born in adulthood and during development (Delane Espinueva and John Darby Cole, under Dr. Jason S. Snyder)
2014 – 2017: Adult neurogenesis regulates delay-based decision-making (Dr. Desiree R.M. Seib, under Dr. Jason S. Snyder and Dr. Stan B. Floresco)
2015 – 2017: Neuroplastic effects of delay-discounting: a morphological analysis (Dr. Desiree R.M. Seib, under Dr. Jason S. Snyder and Dr. Stan B. Floresco)
2016: Adult neurogenesis and early circuit vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease (Dr. Jason S. Snyder)
2014 – 2017: The role of adult neurogenesis in visuo-spatial learning and memory is dependent on stress during training and sex (Dr. Timothy P. O’Leary, under Dr. Jason S. Snyder)
2014 – 2015: Mapping the emotional impact of the physical environment (Dr. Jiaying Zhao)

2017 – 2018: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2016 – 2017: UBC Dean of Science Scholarship


In general I am interested in improving our understanding of neurological disorders, such as depression and Alzheimer’s. This necessitates a better understanding of the functions of the normal human brain, so I hope to widen my exposure to the different focuses of study that furthers this. Neuroplasticity in particular continues to hold my interest, but I am also intrigued by topics and questions in neuroimmunology and circuitry systems.