Dr. Kirsten H. Sanford
Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology (MCIP) from UC Davis, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB), December 1, 2006.
B.S. in Wildlife Management from UC Davis, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology (WFCB), June 1996.
•Graduate Student Researcher, NPB, UC Davis, 2005
•Teaching Assistant and Lecturer, NPB, UC Davis, 1999-2000, 2002-2005.
•Research Associate, Neuropsychopharmacology Lab, UC San Francisco, 2001-2002.
•Research Assistant, NPB, UC Davis, 1998-2000.
•Post-graduate Researcher, NPB, UC Davis, 1998.
•Lab Assistant 2, NPB, UC Davis, 1997.
•Assistant Animal Technician, NPB, UC Davis, 1996-1997.
•Student intern, NPB, UC Davis, 1996.
•Student intern, WFCB, UC Davis, 1995.
•Student Assistant, Medical Surgery Building, UC Davis, 1993-1994.
•Dissertation research project, MCIP Graduate Group, Drs. Tom Hahn and Vladimir Pravosudov, Fall 2003-present–behavioral and neural studies of learning and memory in wild-caught nomadic and migratory birds.
•Neuropsychopharmacology research, Neuropsychopharmacology Lab (UCSF), Dr. John Mendelson, 2001-2002–neuropsychopharmalogical studies of narcotics on human subjects.
•Electrophysiology Research internship, Dept. of Neuroscience (UC Davis Primate Center), Dr. Kathalin Gothard, Summer 2000–electrophysiological studies of the rhesus monkey brain and involvement of the amygdala in recognition.
•Dissertation research project/research assistant, Physiology Graduate Group, Dr. N.S. Clayton, 1998-2000–behavioral studies of learning and memory in the zebra finch.
•Paid student intern position, NPB, Dr. N.S. Clayton, UC Davis, 1997—hippocampal research investigating involvement of estrogen in spatial memory in zebra finches.
•Student Intern, NPB, Dr. N.S. Clayton, UC Davis, 1996–aided on project investigating the hippocampus and spatial memory in zebra finches.
•Summer Field Research Program, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, Colorado, 1995–conducted group research project on bird populations in various habitats.
•Lab Instructor/Lecturer, Advanced Systemic Physiology Lab (NPB 111L), NPB, UC Davis, Spring and Fall 2003-2005.
•Teaching Assistant, Neurobiology (NPB 100), NPB, UC Davis, Summer 2003.
•Teaching Assistant, General biology for non-majors (BIS 10), NPB, UC Davis, Winter 2003, 2004.
•Lab Instructor/Lecturer, Human Physiology Lab (NPB 101L), NPB, UC Davis, Spring 2000.
•Teaching Assistant/Reader, Animal Behavior (NPB 102), NPB, UC Davis, Winter/Spring 1999 & Winter 2000.
•Mentor for Young Scholar’s Program, NPB, UC Davis, Summer 1997 & 1999
•Kickboxing Instructor, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Davis, 2000
•Sailing Instructor, Stonegate Lake Country Club, Davis, 1994
•Gymnastics Instructor, City of Davis Gymnastics, Davis, 1993-1994
•Introductory Neurobiology, BIS 10 (General Biology for non-science majors), UC Davis, Instructor – Dr. Jerry Marr, Winter 2003, 2004, 2005.
•The Physiology of Memory in Birds, NPB 117 (Avian Physiology), UC Davis, Instructor – Dr. Jim Millam, Spring 2003-2006.
•The Neurobiology of Memory, NPB 100 (Neurobiology), UC Davis, Instructor – Dr. Cynthia Erickson, Summer 2003.
•Introductory Neurobiology, General Biology for non-science majors, American River College, Instructor – Dr. Alexis Blackmer, Fall 2003.
2005 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
2002 Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society
1999 Jastro-Shields Fellowship Recipient
1999 Animal Behavior RTG Travel Grant Recipient
1999 Physiology Graduate Group Block Grant Recipient
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/COMMUNITY SERVICE
•WIDSI (‘Watch It. Don’t Squash It.’), After-school educational science program for grades 1-5 in West Sacramento elementary school, 2005
•Community radio dj, Host/Producer of ‘This Week in Science’, KDVS 90.3 FM Public Affairs Programming, Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 am, 2000-present
•Campus News Service Internship, UC Davis News Service, Paul Pfotenhauer and Lisa Lapin, production of short television broadcast news stories about UC Davis for public television, January-July 2003
•MCIP Graduate Group Student Steering Committee, 2002-present
•MCIP Graduate Group Recruitment and Membership Committee, 2003-2004
•Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, active member since 2004
•Electric WOMB (Women of Music+Media Business), active member since 2004
•National and Northern California Association for Women in Science: active member since 2004, SV-AWIS President - 2006
•Boy Scout bird guide: 1998
Sanford, K.H. & Clayton, N.S. (2008). Motivation and memory in Zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) foraging behavior.
Pravosudov, V.V., Sanford, K.H., & Hahn, T.P. (2007). Evolution of brain size in relation to migratory habits in birds.
Sanford, K.H., Breuner, C.W., Hahn, T.P., Pravosudov, V.V. (2006). Relative hippocampal volume is affected by age in migratory Mountain White-Crowned Sparrows. SICB, Orlando, USA.
Sanford, K.H. & Clayton, N.S. (1999). Memory for ‘what and where’ in Zebra Finches. Gordon Research Conference, Oxford, England.
Saldanha, C., London, S., Sanford, K. H., Clayton, N.S, & Schlinger, B.A (1998). Androgen metabolism in the juvenile oscine forebrain: A cross-species comparison at neural loci implicated in learning and memory. Soc. Neurosci. vol. 28, p.699, Los Angeles, USA.
Sanford, K., Clayton, N.S., Saldanha, C., & Schlinger, B.A. (1998). Inhibition of aromatase in zebra finches impairs spatial memory performance and hippocampal structure. Eur. Soc. Neurosci., Berlin, Germany.
Clayton, N.S., Saldanha, C., Sanford, K., & Schlinger, B.A. (1997). Estrogens, memory, and the hippocampus: an avian model. J. Psychopharmacology, 11(3), 268, Cambridge, U.K.
Clayton, N.S., Sanford, K., Saldanha, C., & Schlinger, B.A. (1997). Inhibition of aromatase in zebra finches impairs spatial memory performance and hippocampal structure: I. Behavior. Soc. Neurosci. vol. 27, p.2125, New Orleans, USA.
Saldanha, C., Clayton, N.S., Sanford, K., & Schlinger, B.A. (1997). Inhibition of aromatase in zebra finches impairs spatial memory performance and hippocampal structure: II. Anatomy. Soc. Neurosci. vol. 27, p.2126, New Orleans, US