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Orion Keifer

Current Status: Alumni

Graduate Department: Neuroscience

Previous Education: 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.

Graduation Year: 2016

Residency: Post doc, Emory