Rachael K. Blackman

     Email: black343@umn.edu

     Year Entered: 2006

     Degrees Received:
     Lafayette College
     Neuroscience major
     B.S., 2004

     Thesis Advisor : Matthew Chafee, Ph.D.

     Thesis Research :
     I am developing a translational paradigm in which the context
     processing (subset of working memory) deficit seen in schizophrenia
     patients can be studied and characterized at the cellular level in non-
     human primates.  I have trained monkeys to perform a translational task
     that has demonstrated context processing deficits in the human
     schizophrenia patient population.  In my non-human primate study, I  
     am characterizing the neurophysiological signals that mediate context processing in the prefrontal cortex while monkeys perform the translational task.  I will then examine how these signals are disrupted when the network is partially disconnected by an NMDA antagonist in order to model schizophrenia.

Publications (pubmed):

Goodwin SJ, Blackman RK, Sakellaridi S, Chafee MV.  Executive control over cognition: stronger and earlier rule-based modulation of spatial category signals in prefrontal cortex relative to parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 2012; 32(10): 3499-3515.

Publications Prior to Entering MD/PhD Program:

Abbs B, Achalia RM, Adelufosi AO, Aktener AY, Beveridge NJ, Bhakta SG, Blackman RK, Bora E, Byun MS, Cabanis M, Carrion R, Castellani CA, Chow TJ, Dmitrzak-Weglarz M, Gayer-Anderson C, Gomes FV, Haut K, Hori H, Kantrowitz JT, Kishimoto T, Lee FH, Lin A, Palaniyappan L, Quan M, Rubio MD, Ruiz de Azúa S, Sahoo S, Strauss GP, Szczepankiewicz A, Thompson AD, Trotta A, Tully LM, Uchida H, Velthorst E, Young JW, O'Shea A, Delisi LE. The 3rd Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 14-18 April 2012, Florence, Italy: summaries of oral sessions. Schizophr Res. 2012 Oct;141(1):e1-e24.

Goodwin SJ, Blackman RK, Sakellaridi S, Chafee MV. Executive control over cognition: stronger and earlier rule-based modulation of spatial category signals in prefrontal cortex relative to parietal cortex. J Neurosci. 2012 Mar 7;32(10):3499-515.

Harty T, Dib-Hajj S, Tyrell L, Blackman R, Hisama F, Rose JB, Waxman SG.  Nav1.7 mutant A863P in erythromelalgia: effects of altered activation and steady-state inactivation on excitability of nociceptive dorsal root ganglion neurons. J Neurosci. 2006;26:12566-12575.