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Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University


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Nikol Piskuric, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and Life Sciences Program

Courses I teach in PNB

PSYCH 2E03: Sensory Processes
PSYCH 3J03: Visual Neuroscience
PNB 2XE3: Descriptive Statistics

Education

I’ve been part of the McMaster community for over 10 years! I began my undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science in 2003, and earned my Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology in 2007.  Subsequently, I entered the Ph.D. program in Biology, and graduated with highest honours in 2012, winning the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Research

I pursued my Ph.D. research under the supervision of Dr. Colin Nurse in the Department of Biology at McMaster. I was – and still am – fascinated by how neurons work; how do they sense information, and how to they transmit sensory signals to other cells? My Ph.D. project focused on identifying the mechanisms by which a specialized group of cells near the heart sense and respond to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and acid levels in the blood. See below for some selected publications; visit PubMed for a complete list.

  • Piskuric, N.A. and Nurse, C.A. (2013) Expanding role of ATP as a versatile messenger at carotid and aortic body chemoreceptors. The Journal of Physiology. 591(Pt 2): 415-422.
  • Piskuric, N.A. and Nurse, C.A. (2012) Effects of chemostimuli on [Ca2+]i responses of rat aortic body type I cells and endogenous local neurons: Comparison with carotid body cells. The Journal of Physiology. 590(Pt 9): 2121-2135.
  • Piskuric, N.A., Vollmer, C. and Nurse, C.A. (2011) A confocal immunofluorescence study of rat aortic body chemoreceptors in vivo and in vitro. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 519(5): 856-873.

About me

Part of the reason I fell in love with McMaster was because I fell in love with Hamilton. I love my walkable community of Westdale, and you might often run into me enjoying a frozen yogurt at TCBY, biking at Princess Point, or picking up milk at Metro. I also love the many places in the surrounding area that contribute to the environmentally conscious and culturally diverse community of McMaster, like the farmer’s market in Jackson Square, the restaurants on James St., and the parks and trails in neighbouring Dundas.

I love learning, and I love intelligent media. I am a frequent visitor to the National Geographic website (www.nationalgeographic.com) and am awed by beautiful photographs of people, places, and nature. I like to watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin (who is a Hamilton native!), a program on TVO that “engages public-minded individuals” in discussions about politics, science, education, society and culture, among other things (theagenda.tvo.org).  And, I am obviously interested in the evolving post-secondary landscape. I recommend University Affairs (www.universityaffairs.ca) for blogs, columns, and news about current issues in academia.

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  Assistant Professor
  Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  Life Sciences Program
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Background:
 
I have a Ph.D. in behavioural neuroendocrinology during which I investigated the influence of in utero, dietary, and social factors on time to sexual maturity in developing females. This work is published in journals such as Reproduction, Physiology & Behavior, Reproduction, Fertility and Development, Hormones and Behavior, and Hormone and Metabolic Research.
 
Teaching:
 
My passion for teaching is driven by my interactions with the enthusiastic and inquisitive students I meet on a regular basis. I teach a variety of courses covering topics such as animal behaviour, the physiology and endocrinology of reproductive behaviour, and neuropsychology (see complete list below).
 
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
PNB 4SC6: Science Communication
 
Psychology
PSYCH 2NF3: Basic & Clinical Neuroscience
PSYCH 2GG3: Learning, Measuring, and Shaping Behaviour
 
Life Sciences
LIFESCI 2D03: Behavioural Processes
LIFESCI 3E03: Reproductive Endocrinology
LIFESCI 4X03: The Biopsychology of Sex

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Current Research:
 
My research interests explore ways through which the undergraduate student experience is enhanced by incorporating experiential education in large enrollment courses. As part of a multi-institutional initiative, I am also investigating the impact of the newly implemented Fall Break on student mental health. I have received funding from the Forward With Integrity Initiative at McMaster University to create an online strategy to disseminate information about community-engaged education for Instructors on McMaster campus and beyond. I am a Research Fellow at the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) and am in current collaboration with this institute to investigate the impact of community-engaged education on academic engagement and development in undergraduate students.

My research questions investigate:

1. The influence of community engaged education on student development.
2. Changes in stress hormones due to a mid-semester break in university students.                       
3. Practical uses of e-Portfolio technology to enhance reflective thinking and student engagement.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven-BrownLab Website: http://neuroarts.org/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?
Mark of at least 10 (A)  in PNB 2XB3, Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology (or Psych 2F03, Fundamentals of Neuroscience), plus a strong background in biology, physics, or chemistry.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?
Please see the "Note to students" on the my  lab homepage and provide the requested information.

How do you want to be contacted?

Email

HJLab Website: http://vr.mcmaster.ca/lab/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?
I'm looking for students with an interest and strong background in perception/cognition.  In addition to second year perception/cognition course, it is helpful if the students have also taken third year courses (including lab courses) in the same area.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Transcript and a resume

How do you want to be contacted?

email

Larry RobertsLab Website: http://www.psychology.mcmaster.ca/hnplab/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

An interest in auditory neuroscience and hearing; experience with computing, sound generation, and similar background is an asset.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Cover letter and transcript.

How do you want to be contacted?

Email.

Patrick-BennettLab Website: http://www.psychology.mcmaster.ca/bennett/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

Students should have good grades in perception and/or neuroscience courses (e.g., 2E03, 2F03, 3D03).

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

It would be helpful to receive a copy of your transcript and a brief description of your reasons for wanting to join my lab.

How do you want to be contacted?

Please email me and make it clear in the subject heading that you want to do a thesis or independent study.

Mel RutherfordLab Website: http://psych.mcmaster.ca/rutherford/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

The minimum CA of 8.5.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

Student's grades will be retried by the ballot system once the balloting process is completed. In addition, I will look for evidence that we have research interests in common, either as a description on the ballot system or in an individual interview.

How do you want to be contacted?

You may contact me by e-mail, however, I may not respond until I evaluate the applications submitted through the ballot.

The Paul Faure

NOT AVAILABLE FOR THESIS STUDENTS 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

Lab Website: https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/faurelab/
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What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential thesis student?

A mark of at least 9 in PSYCH 3A03 (Audition) and PSYCH 2F03 (Fundamentals of Neuroscience). I also prefer students who have taken Animal Behaviour PSYCH 2TT3 (PSYCH 2XC3) and who have taken courses in biology, physics, and chemistry.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in your lab?

A CV (or resume), complete unofficial undergraduate transcript(s), and a short email explaining your research interests and how they ! relate to my research program. Please also include a brief statement outlining your career goals after graduation.

How do you want to be contacted?

Please contact me only if you meet the above pre-requisite criteria.

CogsciLab Website: http://cogsci.mcmaster.ca/krh.htm
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CogsciLab Website: http://cogsci.mcmaster.ca/watter.html
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Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada