Name: Colin J. Saldanha
Education: B.A. – Gustavus Adolphus College (Biology & Psychology), Ph.D. – Columbia University (Psychology), Postdoc – UCLA (Neuroendocrinology)
Home Institution: American University
Tell us about your research:
Members of my laboratory are interested in the spatial and temporal specificity of hormone provision. Several hormones are often made in multiple cell-types of many different organs. They have potential access to the entire body, and affect a diversity of endpoints. Sometimes these endpoints may be incompatible or even oppositional, if they occur the same time. We study how an individual hormone is provided to the right target, at the right time and in the right amount without counterproductive effects on neighboring cells, circuits and behaviors. Specifically, we investigate how the steroid estradiol is synthesized in synapses to affect memory function and in glial cells following brain trauma. Our goal is to try and understand some of the complex interactions among the endocrine system, the nervous system, and behavior.
What made you want to step into your role at NSF?
Public education is very important to me as I believe it is a critical cornerstone of good citizenship. The challenges we face as a society over the next several decades may be helped by serious investments in areas like microbial evolution, climate science, neuroscience and genomics, among others. This position provides me with an opportunity to get out of my corner of science and interact with a broad range of scientists and educators.
What are you looking forward to during your time at NSF?
Being part of progress in science is exciting. A glimpse of what is possible can be exhilarating. I look forward to learning about a wide range of topics and perhaps being able to step back and view science, technology and education as an interactive landscape.
What is something that you would like people to know about you?
If anyone wants to spend time watching sports-ball, cooking while blasting SATB/TTBB music, or conversing over an adventurous meal, call me.