The University of Vermont Graduate College is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 GTA of the Year in Laboratory Instruction is Nicholas D’Alberto, a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
Nicholas D’Alberto is originally from Stillwater, NY and received his B.S. in Psychology from Hobart College in 2013. Nick started the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UVM in the summer of 2013, and is currently a PhD candidate in the NERVE lab of Dr. Hugh Garavan. Using the large-scale neuroimaging database, IMAGEN, the NERVE lab examines how the brain’s structure and function in adolescence is related to psychopathology, alcohol and substance use, developmental disorders, and more. Nick’s primary research focus is on the neurodevelopment of inhibitory control in adolescence. Nick also conducts research on the UVM site of the “ABCD Study”, which is a 10-year longitudinal neuroimaging study of 10,000 children and adolescents across the United States.
During his time as a graduate student, Nick has been a graduate teaching assistant for Medical Neural Sciences, Physical Therapy Neuroscience, Physical Therapy Gross Anatomy, and Undergraduate Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience. Nick has enjoyed his involvement with these courses, teaching medical and physical therapy students, and working with the LCOM faculty. Nick’s long-term goal is to become a medical science educator.