The Psychiatric and Developmental Imaging Laboratory

Richards Research Labs, 5th Floor

3700 Hamilton Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email: sattertt@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Valerie obtained her degree in Human Biology in 2015 from Brown University. Passionate about improving treatment outcomes in psychiatry, Valerie conducted research on psychotropic polypharmacy in an inpatient hospital while an undergrad at Brown. Post-graduation she joined Martha Shenton’s Psychiatry Neuroimaging Lab, where she applied microstructural diffusion imaging techniques to investigate mood disorder etiology and the antidepressant neurological mechanisms of ketamine treatment. Now a first year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group, Valerie is harnessing glutamate chemical exchange saturation transfer imaging (GluCEST!) to study glutamatergic disruptions in depression and psychosis and their relationship to dimensional clinical symptoms.

Things Valerie loves: donuts, Harry Potter, running, pigs, nature, coffee, coding, Alice in Wonderland, craft beer, and brains.

Rotating Graduate Student

Valerie Sydnor

B.A.

Brown University

Fun Facts

    Valerie's dream job is to be a Ravenclaw Prefect

    Valerie reached her academic peak in seventh grade when she memorized 280 digits of pi

    Valerie ran her first (and only) half marathon in the city of brotherly love
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