Dr. Kimberly Badanich is a Visiting Instructor of Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research expertise is in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Badanich received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
What made you come to USFSM?
The USFSM Faculty. I felt right at home!
What special projects/research are you involved in?
My current research investigates the long-term effects of alcohol abuse on cognitive abilities. The aim of this project is to assess the impact of alcohol dependency in mice on performance of tasks requiring behavioral flexibility (attention set-shifting and reversal learning). Furthermore, I’m characterizing how the brain is impacted in alcohol dependent mice by characterizing the sensitivity of glutamatergic and GABAergic synaptic transmission in neurons from the orbitofrontal cortex.
What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles?
Graduate Student Instructor, Research Assistant, Adjunct Professor
If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?
Students are not just a number here. USFSM Professors and Instructors really care about their students. They care if their students pass. You do not get that at a big University setting.
What are some of your goals for the future?
Grants! Grants! Grants! Oh and of course publish my data in those prestigious journals with one word titles (Science, Nature, Neuron).