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  Kyra McKelvey (Kyra Bonasia)
  Medical Student
Dartmouth College
   
 

Ph.D

 

University of Toronto (2016)

 

 

M.A.

BSc.

 

University of Toronto (2013)

McGill University (2012)

 

     
   
  Email:
  kyra.l.mckelvey.med@dartmouth.edu
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PERSONAL PROFILE
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I completed my undergraduate degree at McGill before moving to Toronto to pursue graduate studies. In my spare time I like to hike, run, swim, camp, and garden.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS
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My research is focused on the interactions of prior knowledge with episodic memory. I am fascinated by how the different structures in our brain work together and interact to integrate our new every day experiences with all of our existing knowledge, concepts, and beliefs. My work focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying this integration at both encoding and retrieval, and as our memories become more remote over time.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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Teaching Assistant (University of Toronto)

Courses include:
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
PSY260, Learning & Plasticity

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AWARDS
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2014:NSERC CGS-D

2013:NSERC CGS-M

2012: University of Toronto Fellowship

2012: Norman Stuart Robertson Fellowship

2010: NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

2008-2012: J.W. McConnell Scholarship (McGill University)


 
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
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2011 - 2012: Research Assistant; supervised by Dr. Karim Nader and Dr. Oliver Hardt, McGill University

2011- Research Assistant; supervised by Dr. Hector Barrios, University of Panama
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2010 - Research Assistant; supervised by Dr. Graham Bell, McGill University

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Languages: English, French  
Citizenship: Canadian  
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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
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-**Note: all publications before August 2015 are under ‘McKelvey’, all publications after August 2015 are under ‘Bonasia’.
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Bonasia, K., Blommesteyn, J., Moscovitch, M. (2015). Memory and navigation: Compression of space varies with route length and turns. Hippocampus (Manuscript accepted for publication Sept. 20, 2015).

 

Samani, P., Low-Decarie, E., Mckelvey, K., Bell, T., Burt, A., Koufopanou, V., Landry, C., Bell, G. (2015). Metabolic variation in natural populations of wild yeast. Ecology and Evolution, 5(3), 722–732. doi:10.1002/ece3.1376

 

Hardt, O., Migues, P., Liu, L., Archbold, G., Einarsson, E., Wong, J., Bonasia, K., Ko, S., Wang, Y.Y., Nader, K. (2015). Blocking synaptic removal of GluA2-containing AMPA receptors prevents the natural forgetting of long-term memories. Manuscript under review.

 

Sekeres, M., Bonasia, K., St-Laurent, M., Pishdadian, S., Winocur, G., Grady, C., Moscovitch, M. (2015). Rescuing and preventing loss of detailed memory: Time-dependent transformation of complex memory episodes. Manuscript under review.

 

Bonasia, K.,Wang., R., Gilboa, A. Not all prior knowledge is the same: Neural differences in the instantiation of category and schema information. Manuscript in preparation.

 

Morgan, L. & Bonasia, K. The Perceptions of Women in Northern Ontario about Their Health Care. Manuscript in preparation.

 

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ABSTRACTS & POSTERS
 

Sekeres, M., McKelvey, K.*, St-Laurent, M., Pishdadian, S., Winocur, G., Grady, C., Moscovitch, M. (2015). Rescuing and preventing loss of detailed memory: Time-dependent transformation of complex memory episodes. Poster presented at Context and Episodic Memory Symposium. Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 8, 2015. *Presenting author.

 

McKelvey, K.,Wang., R., Gilboa, A. (2015). Not all prior knowledge is the same: Neural differences in the instantiation of category and schema information. Short talk presented at Toronto Area Memory Group Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 5, 2015.

 

McKelvey, K., Blommesteyn, J., Moscovitch, M. (2015). Memory compression and mental space travel: Compression varies with route length and turns. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, USA, March 30, 2015; and at Rotman Research Institute Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 10, 2015.

 

McKelvey, K., Moscovitch, M. (2013). Place cells and the compression of time; bridging the gap between rats and humans. Short talk presented at Ebbinghaus Empire Meeting, University of Toronto.

 
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