Andrea Silva-Gotay has received a NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. The purpose of the D-SPAN Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.
Andrea Silva-Gotay is a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Rio Piedras campus while conducting research at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Barreto-Estrada. As part of the NIH Blueprint ENDURE Program, NeuroID, her undergraduate research focused on the effects of anabolic androgenic steroids on social behavior during puberty. She is currently working with Dr. Heather Richardson examining how alcohol consumption during pubertal development affects myelination. Her dissertation work has mainly focused on sex differences in neuroinflammatory mechanisms that could exacerbate alcohol-induced myelin damage. Her long-term research goal is to investigate the contribution of neuroimmune cells to neuroadaptations induced by alcohol exposure during adolescence and how these changes may be driving risk for alcohol use disorder later in life.