Academic Experiences

Research, Service, + Internships

 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student

Indiana University School of Medicine: Jungsu Kim Laboratory

Aug 2018 – Present Indianapolis, IN
Dom is currently working towards his PhD in Medical Neuroscience in Indianapolis. His research interests surround using genetic screening approaches to investigate modifiers of tau-aggregate driven neurodegeneration. He serves as a board member of IUSM’s chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s ‘Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM.’
 
 
 
 
 

Student Intern

University of Notre Dame: Multicultural Student Programs and Services

Aug 2015 – May 2018 South Bend, IN
While at the University of Notre Dame, Dom worked part-time for the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). As an intern for 6 semesters, Dom worked as an intern for the office for 10 hours per week. His responsibilities included working the reception desk, helping organize student activities, and maintaining connections with several Notre Dame Alumni Groups (Black Alumni, Native American Alumni, AAPI Alumni, Hispanic Alumni). Dom also helped facilitate events for the Building Bridges Mentorship Program, an initiative of MSPS aimed at serving underrepresented students wanting to get involved in undergraduate research. His time at MSPS was his first experience with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work and inspired him to want to be a role model for other Indigenous students pursuing careers in academia.
 
 
 
 
 

Tutor & Teaching Assistant

University of Notre Dame: Writing Center

Aug 2015 – May 2018 South Bend, IN
While at the University of Notre Dame, Dom worked part-time for the University Writing Center in several roles. As a tutor at the Writing Center for 6 semesters, Dom saw undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty over approximately 8-10 45-minute sessions per week. During his final two years at the Writing Center, Dom specialized in tutoring for the Academic Services for Student-Athletes and serving as a teaching assistant for the required first-year (Freshman) ‘Writing & Rhetoric’ seminar class. He became certified to teach English as a Second Language (TESOL) and presented a new workflow for addressing language barriers at Writing Centers at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in 2016.
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

University of Notre Dame: Giles Duffield Laboratory

Aug 2014 – May 2018 South Bend, IN
Previously, Dom graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavior. His work in the laboratory of Giles Duffield and in collaboration with the University’s Environmental Research Centers (Upper Peninsula, MI & Nation Bison Range, MT) investigated the physiological factors that effect rhythmic behaviors. Studying circadian and seasonal rhythms in Anopheles gambiae and Peromyscus maniculatus allowed him to gain an appreciation for how genetics and environmental effects can drive behaviors that ultimately affect human health.

Honors

Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards

Dom Acri appointed to T32 for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Dom Acri was named to the AISES LTP Cohort 3 in 2021

Dom Acri supported by Stark MedNeuro Fellowship for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Dom Acri supported by IUPUI Fellowship for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Dom Acri named to the Doctoral Scholars Program for the 2018-2022 Term

Skills & Hobbies

Links for more Info

RNA-seq

Library Creation, Read Alignment, Analysis

Computation

R, Python, Unix

Neuroscience Model Species

Mouse & Fly Handling

AAV Injection

Somatic Brain Transgenesis

Website Creation

SACNAS @ IUSM

MLB Fanatic

Go Orioles!

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