Claire Edwards Campbell
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
- Carl Sagan

neuroscience and health researcher

Claire E. Campbell


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.



usc 3.png

Project Assistant, herting lab

department of preventive medicine, University of Southern California

April 2017 - Present

  • Responsibilities: 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: recruit and screen 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; completes cognitive testing and IQ tests; aids in submission of IRB amendments; postprocess MRI images; manages volunteers.
  • Achievements: developed email recruitment strategy to enhance speed and communication with potential participants; develops her assessment items; currently working on a review paper investigating the uses of how brain imaging techniques help us understand the effects of air pollution exposure on the brain; currently conducting R analysis on amygdala volumes of a 420 cohort and how it relates to BMI. ment and obesity: recruits and screens participants; organizes, schedules and implements protocols for visits; tracks data and organizes data entry; helps run MRI task on 3 Tesla; completes cognitive testing and IQ tests; aids in submission of IRB amendments.


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.

ucd white.png

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.

mind white.png

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.




  • HIPAA & Consenting
  • fMRI image collection
  • Recruitment
  • iPad Intervention
  • PAL, PDDBI, AUDIT, FPQ, WASI II, Food Choices, NIH Toolbox
  • Measure vital signs


  • DNA/RNA preparation
  • PCR
  • RNA Isolation
  • Measuring RNA concentration
  • cDNA production
  • Protein isolation using affinity chromatography
  • Neuron culture: bankers and conventional styles
  • Astrocyte culture
  • NanoDrop
  • UV/Vs Spectrophotometry
  • Immunostaining
  • Fluorescent microscopy (laser scanning, spinning disc confocal)
  • Live cell imaging


  • R Programming
  • Prism
  • Metamorph
  • Microsoft: excel, word, powerpoint, and photoshop
  • Google: gmail, drive, calendar, keep, photos, maps
  • Outlook
  • Matlab
  • Qualtrics
  • Mac/Windows
  • Freesurfer


  • Handling mice/rats
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Spanish: write, read, speak
  • Social media: twitter, facebook, Instagram, linkedin



Christoph Vogel, Yasuhiro Ishihara, Claire Campbell, Sarah Kado, Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann, and Joseph Tuscano. "A protective role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor repressor in inflammation and tumor growth." Cancer Research. Manuscript in review.


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.



University of california, davis

Graduated June 2014


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

Email for References

Click here for email address