Connecticut College alumnus wins grant to research brain injuries


An alumnus from Connecticut College is now the Oakes Ames associate professor of physics at the school. Mohamed Diagne, who graduated from the school in 1997, was also awarded with a $200,000 grant to research the treatment of brain injuries with students.

Diagne's field of study focuses on optogenetics, which consists of research of neural activity and brain function through optics and genetics. With the grant, Diagne and his team of students will contribute to Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery (REPAIR), which is a joint effort of several universities.

"We're bringing a set of skills those major schools don't have and that would take a long time to get," said Diagne, quoted by the school. "Our role is to build optrodes with dual functionality: Deliver light pulses to trigger neural activity and record electrical signals coming from the neurons."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who wish to launch careers as medical scientists may have excellent job prospects, as employment is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next several years. 

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