Ugochukwu Akpara

Ugochukwu Akpara

Ugochukwu Akpara is a graduate of  the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. During her TRACC fellowship, she worked in Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez’s lab to help elucidate the role of Taurine in adult and adolescent brains; she is also interested in learning more about the ways in which Taurine interacts with Cocaine and whether Taurine can help attenuate Cocaine preference. She became interested in the idea of translational research after taking two Health, Medicine & Society courses. Both classes helped show what predisposes, enables, and reinforces certain behaviors. She saw that community health research and research into treatment of cocaine addiction were not mutually exclusive. The integration of the two seemingly different fields only made sense because you cannot solve a problem without looking at both how to prevent it and how to treat it. Through TRACC, she was exposed to more clinical aspects of addiction research, which allowed her to further understand how to best study potential treatments for substance abuse disorder. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, tutoring, and reading post-apocalyptic science fiction books.