Visit the links below to view my Google Scholar page (which contains my most up-to-date research publications and citations), my CV, and my ResearchGate profile.
See the links below to view a selection of media spotlights on my awards, research, and outreach.
Mentorship Article for Elon Magazine
I was asked to write an article about the influence of my undergraduate faculty mentor, Dr. Caroline Ketcham, on my career path in science research and outreach. This piece was published in Elon University’s magazine.
Forbes 30 Under 30
I received the great honor of being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Science list in 2023, for my postdoctoral MR spectroscopy research in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Alumni in Action Article: Forbes 30 Under 30
I was featured on the Elon University news website, Today at Elon, for being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Science lister in 2023. The article highlights my Forbes honor, as well as my postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins in MR spectroscopy.
Smithsonian Magazine: Space travel can change astronauts’ brains for years
Smithsonian Magazine featured our recent paper (McGregor et al., 2023, Scientific Reports), which examined structural brain changes following short (two-week) and long (6+ month) missions to the International Space Station.
CNN: Astronauts’ brains take a hit during long spaceflights
CNN reported on our recent work (McGregor et al., 2023, Scientific Reports) examining structural brain changes following long duration spaceflight. Our primary finding was that the brain’s ventricles (fluid-filled cavities) expand with spaceflight and, for most folks, do not recover to their normal size for several years after astronauts return to Earth.
PsyPost: Neuroscience research sheds light on the impacts of spaceflight on human brain structure
The findings from our recent paper characterizing structural brain changes following spaceflight (McGregor et al., 2023, Scientific Reports) were also featured in PsyPost.
Building Backwards to Biotech released!
I was Lead Science Editor for Building Backwards to Biotech: The The Power of Entrepreneurship to Drive Cutting-Edge Science to Market — the first book by Forbes 30 Under 30 Stephanie Wisner, in which she discusses how to build businesses that deliver novel scientific discoveries to patients in need.
Science: Paying it forward
I published an article in Science – Careers section about how STEM outreach continues to influence my research and career path.
The Weather Channel: Time in Space Leads to Changes in Astronauts’ Brains
The Weather Channel released a short video paper featuring our paper on perivascular space (PVS) changes with spaceflight (Hupfeld et al., Sci Reports, 2022).
Universe Today: Extended trips to space alter the brains of astronauts
Our paper on perivascular space (PVS) changes with spaceflight (Hupfeld et al., Sci Reports, 2022) was covered by Universe Today.
The UK Sun: Space ‘warps astronauts brains’ leaving ‘concerning’ changes even when they’re back on Earth, study reveals
The Sun discussed our paper on perivascular space (PVS) changes with spaceflight (Hupfeld et al., Sci Reports, 2022).
Space.com: New astronauts have changes in their brains after their first long-duration mission
My paper on perivascular space (PVS) changes with spaceflight (Hupfeld et al., Sci Reports, 2022) was covered by Space.com
Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Award
Phi Kappa Phi announced that I was selected as one of the 10 recipients nationally of the 2021 Dissertation award.
1 Million Women in STEM
I was featured in the 1 Million Women in STEM campaign, which aims to provide female STEM role models to inspire the next generation of women in science.
Frontiers for Young Minds Article Published!
Our article about hyperfocus in ADHD was illustrated and published in Frontiers for Young Minds! We discuss our hyperfocus work in an accessible manner — targeted at children ages 8-12.
Society for the Neural Control of Movement Trainee Award
I was selected as 1 of 10 NCM trainees to receive a 2021 scholarship award for my work on vestibular brain changes with spaceflight.
Frontiers for Young Minds: Young Reviewer Event
As part of a BrainFacts.org collaboration with Frontiers for Young Minds to celebrate Brain Awareness Week (virtually, due to COVID-19), Dr. Priti Shah and I participated in a young reviewer event. We answered some really awesome questions about our ADHD hyperfocus work for the “young reviewer” of our manuscript.
Student Profiles — UF College of Health and Human Performance
I was featured on the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance website for my Society for the Neural Control of Movement trainee award.
For the Gator Good – News and Updates
I was featured in the College of Health and Human Performance Jan. 2021 Newsletter “For the Gator Good” for receiving the NIA F99 fellowship and the McKnight Brain Institute Toffler Leadership award.
Today at Elon Feature – Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship
Elon reached out and did a website feature my 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation fellowship.
College of Health and Human Performance Website Feature
I was featured on the UF College of Health and Human Performance website for receiving a funded position on Dr. Dawn Bowers and David Vaillancourt’s T32 in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.
New Horizons International Music Association Biannual Newsletter
“Don’t fret about aging: Benefits of music for the aging brain.” Inspired by one of my older adult research participants, Dr. Rachael Seidler and I co-authored a piece on the benefits of music for the aging brain. The piece was published in the newsletter for New Horizons, an international organization that provides music training and performance opportunities for older adults.
Research Feature: ADDitude Magazine
My first hyperfocus paper was featured in the ADHD magazine, ADDitude . Dr. Priti Shah and I answered interview questions about our hyperfocus work for this magazine article.
Society for Neuroscience Outreach Promo
I was interviewed at the international Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting about my work with Brain Awareness Week and the importance of community outreach for inspiring the next generation of scientists.
UF College of Health and Human Performance Newsletter
I was featured in the UF College of HHP newsletter for both my article on the benefits of music for the aging brain and for receiving an award for my outreach efforts from the Association for Academic Women.
The Washington Post
Following the Neural Control of Movement Annual Meeting in 2017, I spent several days hiking and kayaking through Ireland’s western coast. After returning, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post travel section about my trip.
Elon University E-Net Feature: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship
I was featured on the Elon University news website, E-Net, for receiving a the Phi Kappa Phi Marcus L. Urann award during my senior year of undergrad. This award provided $15,000 towards my first year of graduate studies and was awarded to 6 students nationally.
Elon University E-Net Feature: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
I was featured on the Elon University news website, E-Net, for receiving a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP award) during my senior year of undergrad. This award funded three years of my doctoral studies.
Elon University More that Matters Campaign
My undergraduate and NSF GRFP awards, as well as my future plans to pursue a career in academia were highlighted by the Elon University “More that Matters” campaign.
Elon University 2016 President’s Report
I was featured on pg. 6 of the 2016 edition of the Elon University President’s Report for several of my awards and outreach efforts.
Feature on Elon Institutional Review Board Website
My photo and undergraduate research continues to be featured on Elon’s IRB website.
Elon Names 2014 Lumen Scholars
In 2014, I was one of 15 students in my class at Elon University to be named a Lumen Scholar. This award provided me with $15,000 of funding towards my undergraduate research and other academic engagement opportunities at Elon.
The Magazine of Elon, Spring 2015: I Am Elon
I was featured in an Elon University campaign called “I Am Elon.” A photojournalist spent a semester photographing my teaching, research, and outreach activities. This ultimately resulted in a nice article and a really neat YouTube video about my undergraduate work and my future plans.
Elon News Network: Freshman Feature
I was featured in an Elon University news publication for receiving the only full 4-year academic scholarship among students in the Elon University Class of 2016.