Rachel Nauer Wehr, PhD

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Rachel is a member of the laboratories of Prof. Chantal Stern and Prof. Karin Schon.  She is in the graduate program of Brain, Behavior and Cognition through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Work from her pre-doctoral F31 NRSA Fellowship focuses on how both age and exercise modulate memory, particularly in the context of spatial navigation and memory disambiguation. The goal of her work is to determine the neurobiological mechanisms of hippocampal subfield-related plasticity and the opposing effects of aging and aerobic fitness. Importantly, her project investigates the role of fitness across early, middle, and late adulthood, in hopes of providing evidence for targeted implementation of aerobic exercise interventions at crucial points throughout the adult lifespan.