Claire Edwards Campbell


Cognitive neuroscience Researcher


Claire Campbell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2014.

She plans on earning a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience researching cognitive function and how/why it is altered. She wants to utilize statistical modeling, imaging techniques (fMRI), and probability analyses, along with theories and concepts from psychology, systems neuroscience, and cognitive science to analyze and interpret the data.

Working at UCLA, UC Davis, and USC has given her extensive research experience. Her involvement collaborating, organizing and running studies, conducting statistical modeling analyses, and writing and collaborating on papers has prepared her to take the next step of attending graduate school. It will allow her to gain additional valuable experience and learn novel techniques to become a leading researcher who collaborates and adds to the research community.

She recently applied to graduate school and presented findings at the Society for Neuroscience Conference (2018). Currently, she is working on publishing results. 

Feel free to review her Curriculum Vitae below for more details on the work from above and her other accomplishments.


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research coordinator, herting lab

department of preventive medicine, University of Southern California

April 2017 - Present

  • Responsibilities: conducting modeling analyses in R for an RO3 grant looking at the developmental changes of amygdala subregions in adolescents utilizing structural MRI images using an in-vivo probabilistic atlas; in charge of organizing and running the Air, Brain and Behavior pilot study looking at the effects of air pollution on brain development and obesity: recruits and screens participants, organizes, schedules and implements protocols for study visits, tracks data, maintains large database and conducts data analyses; helps run MRI task on 3 Tesla; administers cognitive testing and IQ tests; aids in submission of IRB amendments; postprocesses MRI images; manages volunteers.

  • Achievements: co-authoring Manuscript detailing the analyses of amygdala composition during adolescent development; wrote R for-loop and functions to streamline modeling analyses for RO3 grant; co-authoring review paper investigating the uses of brain imaging techniques and how they assist in understanding the effects of air pollution exposure on the brain; developed email recruitment strategy to enhance speed and communication with potential participants; develops assessment items.


Lab manager, mcallister lab

center for neuroscience, university of california, davis

June 2014 - June 2016

  • Responsibilities: preparation and maintenance of primary cortical neuronal and astrocyte cultures; training incoming lab members (technicians, grad students and post docs) in in vitro lab techniques including immunocytochemistry, confocal imaging, sterile culture technique and general lab safety; rodent animal handling and peripheral blood draws; ordering lab supplies; maintaining lab records.

  • Achievements: collaborated with bioengineering department to develop novel microfluidic devices to manipulate synapse dynamics; performed and troubleshooted experiments examining the effects of neuronal activity on the localization of NMDA receptors.

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undergraduate researcher, vogel lab

department of health and the environment, university of california, davis

April 2011 - April 2014

  • Responsibilities: performed in vitro assays testing the synergism between two canonical immune pathways in mediating immunity in response to environmental stimuli. Worked with human cell culture and mouse tissue samples.

  • Achievements: Uncovered possible mechanisms underlying emergence of autoimmunity in response to environmental pollutants.

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Clinical Research Assistant, Fragile X team

M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California, Davis

April 2013 - June 2014

  • Responsibilities: organized iPad intervention study to best improve social skills, language, and learning at home for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); assisted and individually ran clinical sessions, delivered session follow-up guidelines for parents; implemented, scored, and recorded assessment tools (PAL, PDDBI, BASC, EVT) into database; instructed and supervised new interns.

  • Achievements: co-designed a protocol for enhancing communication between parents and ASD children utilizing iPad games and specific behavioral techniques.


undergraduate researcher, center for advanced technology in schools (CATS) project

cresst, university of california, los angeles

June 2010 - December 2012

  • Responsibilities: Created computer games to teach math concepts for the Center for Advanced Technology in Schools (CATS); created assessment items and corresponding rubrics; conducted software testing; collaborated with peers and presented findings.

  • Achievements: conducted “think-aloud studies” requiring a protocol and detailed observations; supervised study at Culver City Middle School: created teaching materials and protocols, collected and analyzed data; outside of CATS project, assisted with virtual ultrasound teaching data collections.



Imaging/Study logistics/questionnaires

  • MRI image collection

  • MRI Level 1 certified

  • HIPAA& Consenting

  • Recruitment

  • iPad Intervention

  • PAL, PDDBI, AUDIT, FPQ, WASI II, Food Choices, NIH Toolbox

  • Measure vital signs

Molecular/Cell biology/Biochemistry

  • Culturing neurons: bankers and conventional styles

  • Astrocyte culture

  • Immunostaining

  • Fluorescent microscopy (laser scanning, spinning disc confocal)

  • Live cell imaging

  • DNA/RNA preparation

  • PCR

  • RNA Isolation

  • Measuring RNA concentration

  • cDNA production

  • Protein isolation using affinity chromatography

  • NanoDrop

  • UV/Vs Spectrophotometry


  • R Programming/Modeling

  • Prism

  • Metamorph

  • Microsoft: excel, word, powerpoint, and photoshop

  • Qualtrics

  • Outlook

  • Google: gmail, drive, calendar, keep, photos, maps

  • Mac/Windows

  • Freesurfer

  • Familiar with Matlab, SPSS, SAS


  • Handling mice/rats

  • Microfluidic devices

  • Spanish: write, read, speak

  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn




Claire E. Campbell, Adam F. Mezher, J. Michael Tyszka, Wolfgang M. Pauli, Bonnie J. Nagel, & Megan M. Herting. (2018, November). Amygdala nuclei composition across adolescence using a high-resolution probabilistic atlas. Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA.

Megan M. Herting, Robert Kim, Claire Campbell, Eva Gabor-Fourcade, Christina M. Koppin, Rob McConnell, Mimi S. Kim. (2018, November). Young adults, but not children, process food healthiness during dietary decision-making. ObesityWeek, Nashville, TN.

Megan M. Herting, Claire E. Campbell, Xiaofang Chu, Mengyi Li, Ryan Cabee, Rob R. McConnell, Frank Gilliland, Rima Habre, Edward Rappaport, and Frederick W. Lurmann. (2018, July). PM2.5 exposure and brain and behavior in young adults from the Children's Health Study. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Core Centers Annual Meeting, Davis, CA.

Leah King, Claire E. Campbell, Xiaofang Chu, Rob McConnell, Rima Hadre, Ed Rappaport, Frank Gilliland, and Megan M. Herting. (2018, April). How does PM2.5 influence cognitive and emotional functioning in young adults? University of Southern California Undergraduate Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.



Presented/Attended: Society for Neuroscience 2018, conference to bring together neuroscientists from around the world to share novel research on the brain and nervous system.

Attended: CressTCon 2016, conference dedicated to addressing educations biggest challenges, utilizing new assessment tools and technology.



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