Abigail Parakoyi '21

Abigail Parakoyi '21

Hello! I’m Abigail Parakoyi, a potential neuroscience major and Korean minor at Wellesley College. I’m also a

 proud member of the class of 2021 at Wellesley college as well as a Posse scholar. I joined the Tetel lab my first year spring semester and I have been excited to be in the lab ever since. During this previous semester I worked with Madeline on an experiment that investigates the effects of estrogens and diet on anxiety and weight gain in female mice. We worked on behavioral testing of the mice as well as the weighing and collection of their fecal samples. This summer I’m continuing to work on this project by doing mice fecal DNA extraction and analysing the weight and food data. This research is important because postmenopausal women have a reduction in estrogen levels which leads to an increase in weight gain and increases their risk for heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. Our research goal is to combat the effects of weight gain and the predisposition of diseases in postmenopausal women. 

On campus, besides studying I am a member of the Wellesley Aiko club and the class secretary for the class of 2021. I also enjoy eating a lot, going to the gym, reading comic books, and watching tv shows.