Cassandra Baker graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Science in both psychology and biology. Her journey into research started with the care of her very ill grandparents, and has thus (so far) ended in pediatric oncology. She spent a few years in behavioral neuroscience, a few years in degenerative diseases. Now, she attempts to answer basic science questions about CSF flow, and nanoparticle movement within the CSF. In the Nanomedicine Lab of Dr. Rachael Sirianni, she contributes to developing drug-loaded nanoparticles to treat very rare forms of pediatric and metastatic brain cancers. Cassandra‘s technical skills include in vivo (mouse/rat) neurosurgery, tumor induction, therapeutic studies, and intravital imaging. She aspires to get an MD/Ph.D with a focus in Neurosurgery, as well as one day becoming a part of Doctors Without Borders.
Areas of expertise: mouse neurosurgery, neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, IHC and immunofluorescence, intravital imaging, project management, mentoring/teaching
Department of Neurosurgery at University of Texas, Health and Science Center at Houston, TX