David Hinton, B.A.
(2008 – present)
David Hinton graduated in 2007 from the University of Nebraska with a BA degree in Spanish. Since graduating, he has completed extensive post-undergraduate studies in chemistry and biology.
David has a strong interest in pharmacology and addiction. His skills in the laboratory include stereotaxic mouse microsurgery to insert probes into the brain for in vivo microdialysis analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography and for microinjection into specific brain regions; mouse in vivo and ex vivo nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging and spectra analyses using LCModel 6.2-1; behavioral mouse research using experimental paradigms including rotarod for ataxia measurements, open-field chamber to analyze locomotor activity, loss of righting reflex (LORR) to examine a hypnotic dose of ethanol, two-bottle choice drinking experiments and ethanol vapor chamber.
Other frequently used skills include mouse brain dissection to isolate specific regions of the brain for further analysis, perfusion for brain tissue fixation for histological use and statistical data analysis using programs such as GraphPad Prism 4.0 and SigmaStat 3.1.
His goals for the future include pursuing an advanced science degree in Molecular Neuroscience as part of the employee masters program at Mayo Graduate School.