Breeanne Soteros is a graduate student in the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. She is studying the genetic components that underlie synaptic formation and maintenance in the central nervous system.
“My fascination with neuroscience began with a simple curiosity about how we think and perceive the world around us. This curiosity eventually developed into a deep desire to understand the basic, biological mechanisms that make us who we are.”
Breeanne received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2013, She became a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars award, in recognition for her potential in doctoral studies. Following graduation, Breeanne taught pre-college STEM courses for students underrepresented in higher education. “As a first-generation college student,” she says, “I am aware of the sociocultural and economic barriers that can often discourage academic advancement. With mentorship and guidance, we can help others overcome these barriers and keep their goals in sight.”