Sweatin’ the Small Stuff: Molecular Mechanisms of Stress
Emily Steﬀke is a senior from Beal City, Michigan double majoring in Neuroscience in the College of Natural Science and English in the College of Arts and Letters, with a minor in Music on piano. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Honors College. Emily is an undergraduate researcher in the labs of Drs. A. J. Robison and Michelle Mazei-Robison in the Department of Physiology, where she studies the neurobiological underpinnings of stress, depression, and addiction. She is currently in the process of submitting a first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal about her research, and she has been nominated for the nationally prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Her work at Michigan State has served as a springboard to additional research opportunities around the world; Emily has completed summer research fellowships at the University of Oregon, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany.
On campus, Emily is a student-athlete on MSU’s Cross Country and Track teams. She is also the Co-Founder and President of Reach Outside, a student organization and pending non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for underserved and at-risk youth experience all that outdoor recreation has to oﬀer. Throughout her time at MSU, Emily has also been involved in the leadership of the sophomore honor society Tower Guard, volunteered with Pediatrics at Sparrow Hospital, mentored elementary students through Honors Times Two, and enjoys climbing with the MSU Rock Climbing Club in her free time. This summer, she will be leading teenagers on month-long backpacking treks in the four corner states through an experiential outdoor education program. She will return to MSU for a final year before pursuing an MD-PhD dual degree, with aspirations of becoming a physician-researcher specializing in treatments of pediatric brain cancer with novel immunotherapies.
Emily presented her undergraduate research to the Board of Trustees on April 12, 2019.