Yelena Gulchina is a postdoctoral associate in the Translational Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychiatry. Yelena received her BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2011, and her PhD in Neuroscience from Drexel University in 2017. Building upon her graduate work, Yelena is investigating the dynamics of synaptic communication across postnatal brain development in the prefrontal cortex. In addition, she is working on understanding how genetic mutations effect the microcircuitry of the prefrontal cortex. Yelena spends her spare time with her two dogs, or exploring the culture, restaurants, and coffee shops of Pittsburgh. Yelena is excited to organize fun opportunities for postdocs to network and socialize in 2018!