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Ashby "Clay" Turner

The Effects of an Altered Dopaminergic System on Behavior, Development and Physiology in Drosophila melanogaster
Mentor:  Dr. Robin Cooper

Clay's Beckman research proposal can be found at the bottom of this page.

Clay received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky in Biology and Music in 2011. "I chose UK because I could do both of the things I love - play music and do research." When he wasn't in class, Clay was usually in the lab or playing the bass in the UK Orchestra. He was able to incorporate his love for music into his academics via the College of Fine Arts and Gaines Center for the Humanities, the latter for which he wrote a thesis titled, Low Friends in High Places: The Role of the Bass in Old Time and Symphonic Music. Clay was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2011 and is currently a student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Publications as a Beckman Scholar:

European Journal of Neuroscience
Influence of p-CPA and MDMA on physiology, development and behavior in Drosophila melanogaster

Professional Conference Presentations as a Beckman Scholar:

2009 - National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
2009 - Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology National Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
2008 - Kentucky Academy of Sciences, University of Kentucky
2008 - Tri Beta National Conference, Northern Kentucky University
2008 - National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salisbury University, MD
2008 - South East Nerve Net Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
2008 - Posters-at-the-Capitol, Frankfort, KY
2008 - European Drosophila Neuroscience Conference, Wurtzburg, Germany
2008 - University of Kentucky Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars
2008 - Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, University of Kentuck
2008 - National Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Research Proposal: