Education & Training
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Neuroscience, 2017
A.B., Neurobiology with Highest Honors, 2012
Lea is a graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT who joined the Heiman lab in Spring 2013. She is interested in understanding the determinants of cellular identity as they relate to disease. Specifically, her graduate work has focused on cellular vulnerability in Huntington’s Disease and she defended her thesis in April 2017. As an undergraduate, she studied the development of inhibitory circuits in the progression of Rett Syndrome with Dr. Fagiolini and Dr. Hensch at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.