Sixtine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in 2019. Prior to joining Dr. Susana Mingote’s lab, she gained neuroscience research and laboratory experience by working as a research student in Richmond Thompson’s lab at Bowdoin, focusing on steroid and neuropeptide modulation of reproductive social behaviors in fish. She first started working with Dr. Susana Mingote when interning at the New York State Psychiatric Institute with Columbia University in Dr. Stephen G. Rayport’s molecular therapeutics lab, where she used a molecular and systems approach to study dopamine neurons thought to mediate the rewarding effects of abused drugs, as well as to figure in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Fascinated by the ocean, Sixtine also spent two months as a research student in Cape Town, SA, where she studied the effects of marine bioelectric fields on elasmobranchs behavioral patterns in 2018.
Sixtine’s interests are in memory processing, and understanding the involvement of neurological pathways and neuron projections on psychiatric disorders using advanced cell and molecular neuroscience techniques.