Programs recipients

Erin Eve O’Neill 2001 - 2002 Bernice Goldblatt Fellow

2001 - 2002 Bernice Goldblatt Fellow

Erin Eve O’NeillI am delighted to have the opportunity to express my gratitude to the Goldblatt family. The support they provided to all of the scholars extended well beyond the financial aspect of the grant, as evidenced by our annual luncheons with them. I always looked forward to these gatherings, and I enjoyed and valued the time we were given to connect with Bernice and her family. To this day, I appreciate the support and encouragement the Goldblatts provided to me during my time at the University of Chicago. My graduate school experience was truly enriched by my relationship with them.

As a graduate student, my primary research findings described a novel model for the modulation of α-Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (αCaMKII) signaling by estrogen receptor α (ERα), which suggested a molecular link as to how estrogen might influence brain function. During my tenure at the University of Chicago, I published two papers and obtained a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to help fund my work. In 2008 I was invited to give an oral presentation of my research at the DoD-sponsored conference, Era of Hope, in Baltimore, MD. Around that same time, I also made the decision to take a hiatus from my scientific research in order to devote more time to my eight-month old son. My family now consists of two young boys, and I have just recently started to explore potential career opportunities, including that of adjunct faculty member, a position that is offered at a variety of small teaching colleges in northern Illinois.