Amanda G. Gibson



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Neuroscientist & Educator

PhD Candidate in the Moenter Lab at the University of Michigan

  • Expected Graduation: 2023
  • City: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Current Degree: Bachelor of Arts
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  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0817-2141

Amanda Gibson is a Neuroscience Graduate Student at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a National Defense Science and Education Graduate Fellowship. In the Moenter Lab, Amanda studies the effects of early-life and adult stress on reproduction. Amanda is passionate about teaching and has served as a graduate student instructor and teaching assistant for neuroscience, physiology, and chemistry courses. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Amanda transitioned with the rest of the education world to remote instruction. As an instructional aide to the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Amanda was able to share what she had learned about the best practices for hybrid and remote instruction, with an emphasis on student-focused policies and clear communication. In the summer of 2020, Amanda designed and co-led a 10-week, remote professional development workshop for undergraduate students interested in pursuing neuroscience research. Amanda now serves as a Gradaute Student Instructional Consultant with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.

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PhD Student in Neuroscience

2018 - Present

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Candidate - May 2019

Bachelor of Arts


Hope College, Holland, MI

Major in Psychology and Spanish
Minor in Chemistry and Neuroscience

Summa cum laude & Dean's List

Instructional Experience

Graduate Student Instructional Consultant

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Graduate Student Instructor for Human Physiology Discussion

Spring 2020-Fall 2020

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Rust

Instructional Aide for Neuroscience Graduate Program

Fall 2020

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Prepared and curated resources to assist course directors in implementing an effective Fall 2020 semester in remote and hybrid contexts
  • Attended workshops facilitated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the Center for Academic Innovation and engaged with additional resources to ensure that recommendations were grounded in educational theory and best-practice from educators familiar with remote learning contexts

Facilitator for SIREN and NURO Professional Development Series

Summer 2020

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Co-Facilitators: Drs. Keith Duncan and Audrey Seasholtz

  • Designed and implemented a twice-weekly remote professional development curriculum to prepare rising senior undergraduate students for fellowship and graduate program applications
  • Student had been invited to participate in the Summer Intensive Research Experience in Neuroscience (SIREN) and Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NURO) programs, but the in-person reseach component was canceled due to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Teaching Assistant for Human Physiology Lecture and Laboratory

Spring 2018

Hope College, Holland, MI

Professor: Dr. Peter Vollbrecht

Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Neuroscience Lecture and Laboratory

Spring 2016-Spring 2017

Hope College, Holland, MI

Professors: Dr. Andrew Gall (Spring and Fall 2016) and Dr. Leah Chase (Fall 2017)

Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Fall 2016

Hope College, Holland, MI

Professor: Dr. Jeff Johnson


Prenatal Androgen Treatment Does Not Alter the Firing Activity of Hypothalamic Arcuate Kisspeptin Neurons in Female Mice

Amanda G Gibson, Jennifer Jaime, Laura L Burger, Suzanne M Moenter eNeuro. 2021 Sep 29;8(5):ENEURO.0306-21.2021. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0306-21.2021. PMID: 34503965; PMCID: PMC8482853

Research Experience

Characterization of the Effects of Early Life Manipulations on Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal and -Gonadal Axes Function

Spring 2019-Present

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Moenter
Dissertation Committee Co-Chairs: Drs. Suzanne Moenter and Audrey Seasholtz
Members: Drs. Joanna Spencer-Segal, Kevin Jones, and Christian Burgess

Investigation of the Effects of a High Fat Diet on Circadian Rhythms in a Diurnal Rodent, the Nile Grass Rat

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Hope College, Holland, MI

Mentors: Dr. Andrew Gall and Dr. Peter Vollbrecht

System xc- Regulation: Effects of Mutations on Membrane Expression and Ubiquitination

Summer 2016-Summer 2018

Hope College, Holland, MI

Mentor: Dr. Leah Chase

Evaluation of a Preschool, Nature-Based Enrichment Program

Fall 2015-Spring 2018

Hope College, Holland, MI

Mentor: Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

Arthur J. Vander Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Fall 2020

Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

Awarded to a graduate student who taught in the Physiology 201 course and who has shown an outstanding approach to teaching

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship


Department of Defense

Excellence in Basic Science Award


Endowment for Basic Science, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Michigan

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant

Fall 2019

University of Michigan

Bernard Maas Fellowship

Fall 2018

University of Michigan

Southland Award

Spring 2018

Hope College

Presented to the senior woman who exemplifies the highest standard of scholarship, character, and contributions during the four years of her college career

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar

Summer 2016

Strengthening the Pathway to STEM Research Leadership at Hope College

Trustee Scholarship


Hope College



Code for public projects available at


Data analysis using RStudio, including interactive designs with RShiny

View project on GitHub


Widget design for LabArchives electronic research notebook

Widget templates on GitHub
Read my help tutorials on Medium

Igor Pro

Data analysis using Igor Pro from WaveMetrics

Contributor to MIP Coding Project


Data analysis using MATLAB


Webpage design using HTML and CSS


Interactive webpages using JavaScript and jQuery


Full evaluations available upon request



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