Connor Nealer

Laboratory Manager & Neuroscience Researcher


B.S. in Neuroscience                                                                                                                               2011-2015

Specialization in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience Research Distinction in Neuroscience The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Minor in Computer and Information Sciences

Focused on C and C++ languages Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Professional Experience

Laboratory Manager                                                                                                              2015-Present

PI: William Lafuse, Marshal Williams, Maria Ariza

Researcher 1B/H 

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research   Center for Microbial Interface Biology  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Undergraduate Research Assistant                                                                          2012-2015

PI: Dr. Benedetta Leuner                                                                                            (11 Semesters)

Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Laboratory  Management

  • Trained personnel in microbiology and surgical techniques
  • Ensured lab quality remained at EHS and IACUC standards.
  • Maintained laboratory equipment and kept software up to date.
  • Coordinated projects and communication between multiple laboratories in different departments.

Grants and Awards

Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant                2013

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum- Second Place                            2014


At The Ohio State University

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Colloquium                       2013

Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program Poster Day                      2013

Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium                           2013

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Colloquium                       2014

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum                                        2014

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum                                       2015

Thesis Defense                                                                                        2015


Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research                             2014

Symposium, Wasbash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Research Techniques


  • Vibratome sectioning
  • Slide mounting
  • Cresyl violet
  • Golgi staining
  • Diolistic Labeling
  • Toluidine blue staining
  • Dendritic spine differentiation

Animal Behavioral Testing

  • Restraint, Swim, and Social Disruption Stress
  • Attentional set shifting
  • Test for anxiety-like behavior: elevated plus maze, open field, social interaction
  • Test for depressive-like behavior: forced swim test, sucrose preference test
  • Maternal behavior testing

Surgical Techniques

Performed and trained personnel in the following:

  • Transcardial perfusion
  • Brain removal
  • Microdissection
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Tail vein injections
  • Intraperitoneal injections

Microbiology Techniques

Performed and trained personnel in the following:

  • RNA Isolation
  • cDNA synthesis
  • Blood Plasma Isolation
  • Spleen cell lysis
  • Real-time PCR
  • Western Blotting
  • ELISAs

Computer Science and Program Use

  • Proficient in C and C++ programming languages
  • Confocal Microscopy and imaging