Claire Edwards Campbell

Research Assistant

Herting Lab, USC Department of Preventive Medicine   April 2017-Present

  • Responsibilities: in charge of organizing and starting the Air, Brain and Behavior pilot study looking at the effects of air pollution on brain development and obesity.

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Undergraduate research assistant

Vogel Lab, UC Davis Center for Health and the Environment   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.


international medical volunteer

Myanmar   November 2008-December 2008

  • Responsibilities: measured blood pressure, assisted doctors with patient check-ups, and packaged, arranged and distributed medicine to patients.

  • Invited by a group of doctors, nurses and medical professionals to travel around Myanmar visiting orphanages, hospitals and churches providing medical care.


Lab Manager

McAllister Lab, UC Davis Center for Neuroscience 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 for an upcoming paper examining the effects of neuronal activity on the localization of NMDA receptors.

Clinical Research Assistant

Fragile X Team, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

  • 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.

about claire

why neuroscience?

When you first learn that your brain could mistake your own dad’s face for a meaningless hat or that your personality could shift from a jerk to the nicest guy, it makes you marvel at the awe-inspiring world of neuroscience. Granted, you’d have to have a serious impairment – visual agnosia – or a poll accidentally driven through your left frontal lobe like Phineas P. Gage, but even so, these thoughts, feelings, and ideas we grew up thinking were resolute, are actually more fleeting and dynamic. These alterations in perception and personality are mind blowing, but one of the aspects of the nervous system that makes me speechless in its simplicity are spinal cord injuries. Animals started to evolve around 600 million years ago, bringing along with it, the nervous system. And here we are, 600 million years later and one break along the spine and we lose control of the lower limbs. That’s it. All the evolution to create this body to function at its peak and it’s lost, with – so far – no standard way to repair it.


At 18 in my first quarter of college during my Human Brain and Disease course where I learned about these unbelievable phenomena, I became hooked on Neuroscience. My love for research, which was discovered during first job post high school at UCLA, now had direction. With this I gained valuable experience working in both wet and clinical labs to give me a varied and broad overview of research methods. After years conducting research I have realized that I not only want to widen my understanding of the brain and the world it inhabits, but relate this understanding to the community around me. Ultimately, the acquiring of knowledge is worth more if shared.


undergraduate researcher

Center for Advanced Technology in Schools, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies   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.

founding tutor

Personal Tutoring Business, Culver City CA   June 2010-June 2014

  • Responsibilities: taught Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Spanish, and History.
  • Achievements: successfully established tutoring business and maintained consistent and profitable client base.
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E-corps intern

California Science Center, Los Angeles CA   October 2007-April 2008

  • Responsibilities: disseminated information to the public about the “Kelp Forest Habitat and its Endemic Species” utilizing presentations and diagrams.
  • Achievements: redesigned a more useful curriculum and program based on public interaction and feedback.