Alyse Maksimoski (She/they)

Credentials: PhD Student - Riters Lab

I study the neurobiological modulation of social behavior. Specifically, I currently focus on the role of the mesolimbic system and its associated nuclei in the motivation and reward of flocking behavior in songbirds.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?

I love that research is all about asking and answering questions about the world around us.

Why or what do you love about the program?

iBio is so supportive and non-competitive; we congratulate and celebrate each other.

Future Plans: I hope to continue to study the neural basis of social behavior in non-clinical species as a postdoc in a couple of years

Fun Fact: I love to explore the outdoors and have a 7-year-old dog named Lady.

Educational Background:

Zoology, B.S., Michigan State University