Dr. Kaitlin Carlson is a neuroscientist with a background in biochemistry and broad experience in sensory systems, behavioral neuroscience, electrophysiology, and social and emotional neurodevelopment. Dr. Carlson conducted her Ph.D. studies at Case Western Reserve University investigating single-neuron and local network activity in the rodent olfactory system, where she determined that odor-directed selective attention enhances olfactory cortex neural responses in a signal-to-noise-type coding scheme. After her Ph.D., she transitioned to clinical research in the Social and Emotional Neurodevelopment (SEND) Lab at Michigan State University, studying the neural mechanisms that underlie social motivation in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Throughout her career, Dr. Carlson has contributed her scientific ideas and writing to peer-reviewed manuscripts and grant proposals, earning numerous awards including a National Institutes of Health F31 pre-doctoral fellowship and the prestigious Walter Oppelt Distinguished Trainee Publication in Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Florida for her work on attention in olfaction. In her spare time, Dr. Carlson enjoys swing dancing, tennis, surreal art, and travel.
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry from Central Michigan University; Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Case Western Reserve University.