Molecular & Cellular Medicine Concentration
Faculty Mentor: Chris Schaffer
Seth grew up in a small town outside of Hartford, Connecticut. He fell in love with animals at a young age when visiting a zoo while traveling abroad in New Zealand and devoted his free time in high school to working on a farm and at a small veterinary hospital. Seth found his love for research when he started studying neuroscience and biochemistry at Bates College. Between his research in the transduction of information in the olfactory system at Bates College and his research in the cognitive and motor deficits associated with HIV and cerebellar ataxia at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Seth decided to combine his love for animals and research by applying to Cornell University's combined degree program. Seth is currently a third year and has completed a year and a half of both his veterinary and research training. He is interested in both neurology and neurosurgery as well as new treatment options for patients with epilepsy. In his free time, he enjoyed planing with her Bernese Mountain Dog (Radin), hiking, photography, drawing, spending time with friends, and watching movies.
B.S., magna cum laude, in Neuroscience and Biological Chemistry, Bates College 2016
Seth developed his research interests over his time at Bates College, Johns Hopkins University, and Cornell University where he did work in clinical cognitive neuroscience, molecular basic neuroscience, cellular and molecular oncology, optics, and cellular and molecular neurophysiology. During this time, he determined that his main interests were in neurophysiology and optics specifically utilizing these tools to look at neural mechanisms and new treatments for neurologic diseases. Seth's current research with Dr. Chris Schaffer investigates the cellular mechanisms for chronic seizure propagation and works on developing a new neurosurgical approach to treat focal epilepsy.
Slapik, M., Kronemer, S. I., Moran, O., Bloes, R., Lieberman, S., Mandel, J., Rosenthal, L., Marvel, C. (2018). Visuospatial Organization and Recall in Cerebellar Ataxia. The Cerebellum, 1-14.
Nagappan, S., Liu, L., Fetcho, R., Nguyen, J., Nishimura, N., Radwanski, R., Lieberman, S., Baird-Daniel, E., Ma H., Zhao, M., Schaffer, C. B., Schwartz, T. H. (2018). In Vivo Femtosecond Laser Subsurface Cortical Microtransections Attenuate Acute Rat Focal Seizures. Cerebral Cortex.
"Development of a Laser Scalpel Neurosurgical Approach to Treat Chronic Focal Neocortical Epilepsy." Poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience, November 3-7, 2018, San Diego, CA.
"Development of a Femtosecond Infrared Laser Neurosurgical Approach to Treat Chronic Focal Neocortical Epilepsy." Poster presentation at National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, August 3-6, 2017, Washington, D.C.
"The Cancer Stem Cell Properties of Sox2-expressing Cells in Canine Lymphoma." Poster presentation at the Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium, July 28-31, 2016, Columbus, OH.