Mitch Hansen

Research Technologist

Born: Indianapolis, Indiana

B.S. Neuroscience (2016)
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Previous work experience:
Histology Study Technician, Covance, Greenfield, IN (2016-2017)
Research Assistant, Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, Indiana University (2014-2016
Research Assistant, Cannabinoid Physiology Lab, Indiana University (2015-2016)

     Over the past few years, I have gained experience in both the industry and academia sides of research. At Indiana University, my work began with a thesis project in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab. Using fMRI techniques, I studied how block building could improve the spatial reasoning skills in second and third graders. In the Cannabinoid Physiology Lab, we studied properties of cannabinoids and their alleviating effects on glaucoma using fluorescent immunohistochemistry.
     After my graduation from IU, my work at Covance allowed me to experience the deadline-intensive world of contract research. In the histology lab, I was involved in the processing and transition of research animal tissues to slide. This included trimming, embedding, microtomy, cyrotomy, and a variety of staining methods.
     In Dr. Thinakaran’s lab, I look forward in continuing to expand my research knowledge. I have always had a fascination with neurodegenerating diseases, and so much more needs to be discovered to halt the debilitating symptoms that we see in Alzheimer’s. I will be helping out Dr. Thinakaran, our post docs, and my lab peers in any way that I can.

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