Elizabeth Aulino


Elizabeth Aulino, a doctoral student in integrative physiology and neurobiology, was one of thirteen advanced doctoral students awarded the University Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read further to learn more about her research, future goals and Kent State experience. 

Elizabeth Aulino, 2020-2021 University Fellowship Recipient
  1. Please give a short overview of your research.

    I study how the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin help shape brain development in embryonic mice, and what impact that has on social behaviors of adult animals.

  2. What made you choose to pursue your graduate degree here at Kent State?

    Dr. Heather Caldwell, my advisor, is the reason I chose to pursue my Ph.D. at Kent State. I was working for her as a research technician at the time and loved my project so much I chose to apply here and stay to see it through.

  3. What do you enjoy most about attending Kent State for graduate school?

    I have enjoyed the collaborative environment at Kent State the most, which is fostered by things like journal clubs and the annual Neuroscience Symposium. Additionally, I appreciate the numerous neuroscience faculty who have helped make my time here productive and helped shape me into a successful scientist.

  4. What are your future goals?

    My next step is to work as a postdoctoral researcher and further develop my skills, but ultimately, I want to be a primary investigator and run my own lab, either in academia or government.

  5. What does this award mean to you and how will it aid you?

    This award represents years of hard work and scholarship! Being awarded the University Fellowship means I can focus on my dissertation full time and will ensure I successfully complete my work and graduate.