Erin Scott is a Neuroscience PhD student in the Tian Lab. She attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student, where she studied Neurobiology and Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, Erin studied synaptic plasticity at the molecular and genetic level, focusing on the characterization of glutamatergic receptors and their chaperones.
As a part of her research in the Tian lab, Erin works to engineer and characterize genetically encoded fluorescent sensors, including dLight and the alpha-synuclein sensor Synlight. In addition to sensor development, Erin is involved in the generation and characterization of a Parkinson’s model using CRISPR-a technology. This model allows for the exploration of dopamine, calcium, and alpha-synuclein transmission dynamics throughout the timeline of disease progression. Erin also collaborates with Dr. Drew Fox on additional projects focused on viral vector capsid strategies and conducting translational studies on Parkinson's disease.
Erin plans to pursue a postdoctoral position in neuroscience, which incorporates her interests in molecular neuroscience, genetics, protein engineering, and neuronal circuit characterization. Outside of the lab, Erin has taken an interest in other fields including philosophy, and enjoys painting and other art projects. Erin also enjoys being outside, where she can hike and spend time with her dog, Olive.