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Student meets Nobel laureates in Germany

Elizabeth Rahn, a psychology graduate student, was selected by Oak Ridge Associated Universities as one of 10 outstanding research participants to attend the 57th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany this month.

Since 1951, Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have annually convened in Lindau to conduct open informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. This year’s event, which traditionally rotates by discipline each year, will focus on physiology and medicine.

Rahn is a second-year graduate student in the laboratory of Andrea Hohmann in the neuroscience and behavior program of UGA’s department of psychology. She won a national competition to meet the Nobel laureates and has earned several other national honors for research she has conducted in Hohmann’s laboratory.

A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Rahn received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University in 2005. While at Auburn she received funding at the university and national levels for her work on learning and memory. She began work as a graduate student in Hohmann’s lab in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2005 and earned her master’s degree in December. She has received five grants during her tenure at UGA to fund work on chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain and its modulation with cannabinoids, synthetic cannabis-like compounds.