Hillary Blakeley completed her B.A. in psychology at Wheaton College (IL) in 2005, and then began her graduate work at Baylor University, completing her M.A. in 2007 and Ph.D. in 2011. Her dissertation work was focused on the cellular neurophysiology of the amygdala.
While at Baylor, she also worked with Baylor's Academy for Teaching and Learning, which led her to her current position as an HHMI Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at Boston University. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Hillary also works in Dr. Howard Eichenbaum's lab, investigating the hippocampus through the use of in-vivo electrophysiology.
This program is funded by a grant to Boston University's Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program, awarded in May 2010. Postdoctoral Faculty Fellows (PFF's) have combined a traditional faculty mentored research experience with mentored teaching experiences in preparation for academic careers at institutions where experience and excellence in teaching are especially valued. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with participants of Boston University's Chemistry PFF program, as well as a wealth of scientific resources through local and Boston-wide seminars and meetings.