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EDUCATION

PhD in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

M.S. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior (Cognitive and Behavioral Track), Minor in Biostatistics
Simmons University (formerly Simmons College), Boston, MA

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Drs. Elizabeth Byrnes & Fair Vassoler
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University, North Grafton, MA

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant                                                                
Department of Psychology, Developmental Neuropsychobiology Lab, Dr. Heather Brenhouse
Northeastern University, Boston, MA   

Research Intern
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine – Pain Research Center, Dr. Robert Edwards
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Psychology, Dr. Gregory Feldman
Simmons University, Boston, MA                                        

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Psychology, Dr. Amanda Carey
Simmons University, Boston, MA                                        

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Northeastern University
Fall 2020: Lab in Research Design, Dr. Amy DiBattista (Teaching Assistant)
Spring 2020: Lab in Biological Psychology, Dr. Craig Ferris (Teaching Assistant)
Fall 2019: Lab in Research Design, Dr. Robert C. Eidson (Teaching Assistant)                                             
Fall 2018: Drugs and Behavior, Dr. Lesley Ricci (Teaching Assistant)
Fall 2017, Spring 2018: Lab in Biological Psychology, Dr. Lesley Ricci (Teaching Assistant)

Simmons University    
Spring 2015: Biological Psychology Course and Lab, Dr. Rachel Galli (Teaching Assistant)     
Fall 2014: Biological Psychology Course and Lab, Dr. Amanda Carey (Teaching Assistant)                                                                             

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS             

A mediating role for microglia in the sex-dependent cognitive and neurostructural consequences of neonatal and juvenile adversity. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting (planned November 2021)

Cumulative impacts of developmental adversity on parvalbumin-positive perineuronal nets, Virtual Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Virtual Travel Awardee Data Blitz (May 2021)

Impacts of early life adversity on neurostructural development and cognition: A role for sex-dependent neuroimmune priming, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting, Virtual (May 2021; originally May 2020, conference canceled due to COVID-19)

INVITED TALKS & PRESENTATIONS   

Sex-specific neuroimmune mediation of cognitive impairment following early life adversity, Virtual Data Blitz, Columbia University/Brown University/Northeastern University (April 2021)

The role of microglia in the sex-dependent response to early life adversity, Virtual Invited Presentation, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (April 2021)

Sex-specific impacts of early life adversity on neural structure and behavior: A two-hit model, Data Blitz, Northeastern University (Feb 2020)

Microglia: Defenders and sculptors of the brain, Guest Lecture, Simmons University (Feb 2020)

Microglial activation and perineuronal net formation in the developing rat prefrontal cortex, Invited Presentation, Simmons University (March 2018)

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

# indicates Undergraduate Research Assistant directly supervised by KRG

Gildawie, K., Celatka, J., Budge, K., Isgate, S., Fleming, K., Vassoler, F., Byrnes, E. Oxycodone self-administration during pregnancy disrupts offspring ultrasonic vocalizations: Role of the dam-pup dyad in symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. (planned June 2022). International     Behavioral Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

Gildawie, K., #Ryll, L., #Thamarai Kannan, L., #Hexter, J., Peterzell, S., Valentine, A., Brenhouse, H. Sex-specific neurostructural and cognitive consequences of early life adversity: Mediating effects of microglia (2021). Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting, Virtual. Virtual Travel Award to KRG

Gildawie, K., #Ryll, L., Orso, R., #Hexter, J., Peterzell, S., Valentine, A. A. Brenhouse, H. Cumulative effects of early life adversity on prefrontal cortex microglia morphology and perineuronal net integrity: A role for sex-dependent neuroimmune priming (2021). Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome, Virtual. Trainee Professional Development Award to KRG

Gildawie, K., #Ryll, L., Orso, R., #Hexter, J., Peterzell, S., Valentine, A. A. Brenhouse, H. Multiple hits of adversity: Sex-specific neuroimmune and neurostructural effects throughout development (2020). The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Virtual. NeuroBoston Fall Symposium, Virtual.

Gildawie, K., #Ryll, L., #Hexter, J., Peterzell, S., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. Potentiated anxiety-like behavior and prefrontal cortex perineuronal net-enwrapped parvalbumin-expressing interneuron disruption: Sex-specific impact of a two-hit model of developmental adversity (2020; conference canceled due to COVID-19). Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting. Marina del Rey, CA.

Granata, L., Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Maternal separation paradigms differentially influence pup communication and prefrontal cortex perineuronal net development in male and female rats. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.

Gildawie, K., Peterzell, S., #Ryll, L., #Hexter, J., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Effects of maternal separation paired with juvenile social isolation on adult anxiety-like behavior and perineuronal net-ensheathed parvalbumin interneurons in male and female rats. The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL; Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference. Chicago, IL. ISDP Travel Award to KRG

#Soares, A., Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Developmentally-dependent effects of maternal separation on oxidative stress accumulation in parvalbumin neurons of male and female rats. Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference. Chicago, IL. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Travel Award to AS

Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Maternal separation leads to sex-specific alterations in the formation of perineuronal nets around parvalbumin-expressing interneurons in the developing rat prefrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences/International Society of Gender Medicine Joint Meeting. Washington D.C.

#Soares, A., Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Developmental effects of maternal separation on oxidative stress accumulation in fast-spiking parvalbumin neurons in the prefrontal cortex in male and female rats. Northeastern UniversityResearch, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE). Boston, MA. Self-Authored Integrated Learning (SAIL) Award to AS

#Soares, A., Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2019) Developmental effects of maternal separation on oxidative stress accumulation in fast-spiking parvalbumin neurons in the prefrontal cortex in male and female rats. Northeast Under/Graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON) Conference. Hamden, CT. Susannah Bliss Tieman Outstanding Poster Award to AS

Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2018) Early life stress leads to sex-specific alterations in the formation of perineuronal nets around parvalbumin-expressing interneurons in the developing prefrontal cortex. The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA. ISDP Student Poster Competition Winner Award to KRG, ISDP Travel Award to KRG

Gildawie, K., Honeycutt, J., Brenhouse, H. (2018) Early life stress leads to sex-specific alterations in perineuronal net formation in the rat prefrontal cortex. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Florence P. Haseltine Award for the Outstanding Poster Presentation by a New Investigator to KRG

Gildawie, K., Goff, S., Rowe-Hill, J., Ganguly, P., Honeycutt, J., Thompson, V., Brenhouse, H. (2017) Alterations in developmental microglia morphology resulting from early life stress paired with lipopolysaccharide injection and food restriction in the rat prefrontal cortex. Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, Washington D.C.          

Gildawie, K., Goff, S., Rowe-Hill, J., Ganguly, P., Honeycutt, J., Thompson, V., Brenhouse, H. (2017) Early life stress alters microglia activation in juvenile rats and confers sensitization in microglia to LPS induced immune activation. Boston Area Neuroscience Group (BANG) Symposium. Boston, MA.

Gildawie, K., Rovnak, A., Harrington, M., Carey, A. (2016) Age of high-fat diet implementation and raspberry supplementation affects weight gain in mice. Simmons Undergraduate Symposium. Boston, MA.

Rovnak, A., Gildawie, K., Gilman, C., Carey, A. (2016) Influence of age of high fat diet implementation on performance in the novel object recognition task. Simmons Undergraduate Symposium. Boston, MA.

Derkevorkian, L., Gildawie, K., Harrington, M., Henry, R., Galli, R. (2016) The effect of sucrose supplementation and environmental enrichment on spatial memory in the Morris Water Maze. Fenway Psychology Research Conference. Emmanuel College, Boston, MA; Simmons UndergraduateSymposium. Boston, MA.

Feldman, G., Gildawie, K., Potter, M., & Greeson, J. (2015).  Dispositional Mindfulness Buffers Emotional Reactivity to Physiological Arousal. 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Chicago, IL.

Rovnak, A., Gildawie, K., Gilman, C., Carey, A. (2015) Blueberry supplementation attenuates microglia activation and increases neuroplasticity in the brains of mice consuming a high fat diet. 73rd Eastern New England Biological Conference. Boston, MA; Simmons College Undergraduate Research Conference.Boston, MA; Fenway Psychology ResearchConference. Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

Carey, A., Gildawie, K., Gilman, C., Rovnak, A. (2015) Blueberry supplementation attenuates inflammation and oxidative stress and increases BDNF in the brains of middle-aged mice consuming a high fat diet. Experimental Biology. Boston, MA.

GRANTS

2017-2018
“Developmental effects of early life stress on perineuronal net formation and microglial interaction in the rat prefrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala”
Northeastern University Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Research Grant ($1,500)  

AWARDS & HONORS

Virtual Travel Award, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting (2021)
Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience (2020)
PhD Network Travel Award, Northeastern University (2020)
Travel Award, The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting (2019)
PhD Network Travel Award, Northeastern University (2019)
Student Poster Competition Winner, The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (2018)         
Travel Award, The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting (2018)
Florence P. Haseltine Award (for the Outstanding Poster Presentation by a New Investigator), Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting (2018)
The Barbara Gentile Award in Psychological Research, Simmons University (2016)
Departmental Distinction, Simmons University Department of Biology (2016)
Magna cum laude, Simmons University (2016)
Presidential Scholarship, Simmons University (2016)        

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
Organization for the Study of Sex Differences
Society for Neuroscience
Sigma Xi (Delta Chapter) – The Scientific Research Society                                                       
Psi Chi (Simmons University Chapter) – National Honor Society in Psychology    

AD HOC REVIEWER

Nature Reviews Neurology, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Frontiers in Nutrition, Developmental Psychobiology, Neuroscience Letters

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE

Guest Lecturer, “Careers in Psychology Research,” Experimental Psychology course, Tufts University (April 2022)
Panelist, “Defending your Thesis — The Final Step,” Ask A Scientist Series (Jan 2022)
Guest Speaker, Research Adjacent Program, Tufts University Biology Research Club (October 2021)
Facilitator, Greater Boston AP Research Symposium, Framingham, Needham, and Norwood High Schools (April 2021)
Panelist, Brain Awareness Week Ask a Scientist Panel, Northeastern University Community Liaisons for Education Using STEM (NUCLEUS) (March 2021)                                                       
Guest Lecturer, “Lighting up the brain: How experiences changes brain structure,” Thesis Pieces, NUCLEUS (Nov 2020)
Accepted Attendee, New England Future Faculty Workshop (July 2020)
Graduate Student Mentor, Graduate School Mentoring Program, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University (March 2020 – Present)
Judge, Boston Public Schools Citywide Science and Engineering Fair (Feb 2020)
Member, NUCLEUS (Sep 2019 – Present)
Lead Organizer, 8th Annual Boston Area Psychology Graduate Student Symposium, Psychology Department Graduate Student Organization, Northeastern University (April 2019)                                                                                                                                                        
Guest Lecturer, “Postgrad Life: Graduate School and Beyond” Biological Psychology Course, Dr. Rachel Galli; Simmons University (April 2009)
Committee Member, Outstanding Graduate Student Awards, Northeastern University (March 2018, 2019)
Member, Future Faculty Program, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research; Northeastern University (Feb 2018 – Present)
President, Psychology Department Graduate Student Organization; Northeastern University (Sep 2018 – Present)
Graduate Innovator Judge, Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo; Northeastern University (April 2018, 2019, 2020)
Alumni Guest, Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience Alumni Breakfast, Department of Psychology; Simmons University (Nov 2017, 2019, 2020)
Graduate Student Liaison, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research; Northeastern University (Aug 2017 – Sep 2019)
Campus Mentor, She’s the First (June 2016 – Sep 2018)
Founding President, She’s the First at Simmons, Simmons University (Sep 2013 – May 2016)                 

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