Dr. McGrew earned her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She later entered the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) and earned a Ph.D. from the Pharmacology Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002. Dr. McGrew's doctoral research focused on the role of serotonin in mood disorders. She joined the Biology Department at Belmont University in August of 2003, where she continues to conduct research exploring the role of serotonin and other neurochemicals on behavior. Most of her studies utilize zebrafish as a model organism. Zebrafish can be trained to solve a variety of mazes and can therefore be used for studies of learning and working memory. Further, because the fish absorb chemicals from the water in which they are housed, they can easily be exposed to drugs or neurochemicals. In addition to conducting research, Dr. McGrew teaches courses in human anatomy & physiology, pharmacology and neurobiology.
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