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Orion Keifer

Current Status: M4

Graduate Department: Neuroscience

Other Degrees: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Applied Biology, & Psychology (all with Highest Honors), Georgia Tech;   M.S. Brain and Cognitive Science, Georgia Tech;  

Advisor(s): Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD;

Hometown: Monterey, CA


I am interested in beer brewing, wood working, home rennovations, and living the dream. I am also known for tom foolery, ballyhoo, and hijinks. In my enormous amount of free time I also breed my Weimaraners.


Broadly speaking I am interested in the plasticity of the sensory systems in the brain. More specifically, I am exploring sites of plasticity within the sensory systems of mice undergoing fear conditioning  and how those areas relate to other fear related and limbic brains structures. Additionally, I am interested in exploring the connectivity of these areas in the mouse using both magnetic resonance imaging techniques like diffusion tensor imaging with probabilistic tractography and also classical tracing methods.