Brittany N. Liebenow

Brittany N. Liebenow

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Wake Forest School of Medicine

My research interests join basic neuroscience and its translation to clinical inquiry in neurosurgery and psychiatry. I focus on the novel human voltammetry method of sub-second neurotransmitter measurements, specifically dopamine, during Deep Brain Stimulation electrode implantation neurosurgery. I investigate the association and consequence of neurotransmitter release during human decision-making in behavioral tasks, including risk-taking and reinforcement learning paradigms. My previous clinical research includes the retrospective analysis of gamma knife radiosurgery treatment of brain tumors. I draw a majority of my translational research and clinical experience from my work investigating autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a research intern at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, I designed and implemented human behavioral experiments to test a novel diagnostic technique for ASD. As a research intern at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, I ran behavioral tests assessing neonatal development and vocalization on Ambra 1 heterozygous and NL4 knockout mice modeling ASD. Gaining exposure to clinical diagnosis and treatment of ASD, I was the Co-President and Director of Administration for the Advocating Success for Kids Clinic (ASK) student division, a specialty clinic for children with learning and behavioral disorders. I also maintain a strong interest in public health, and my other notable research includes working as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. I investigated international and supranational guidelines to engineer tuberculosis policies for more effective pediatric sample collection and diagnosis. I remain curious and interested in many research fields.

Interests

  • Impulsivity
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Neurosurgery
  • Dopamine
  • Serotonin
  • Risk-taking
  • Reinforcement Learning

Education

  • M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Currently completing my Ph.D. / In the middle of my M.D.

    Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • B.A. in Human Evolutionary Biology, 2015

    Harvard University