2013 Makous Prize Recipient: William Spencer Klubben III

May 19, 2013

Spencer Klubben

The second Walt and Bobbi Makous Prize has been awarded to: W. Spencer Klubben, a Biomedical Engineering senior working in Ania Majewska's laboratory.  As a biomedical engineer, Spencer concentrated in medical optics and developed a strong interest in visual perception and development.  Spencer's work has primarily focused on quantifying microglia's affect on neuroplasticity within the visual cortex and visual system.  Most experimental methods have been focused around the utilization of optical imaging to analyze neuronal activity within mice cortex.  Experiments were conducted on mice with a varying dosage of CX3CR1, a single allele genetic fractalkine receptor responsible for the mobility of microglia.  Spencer received the Makous Prize at a College-wide award ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2013.