Aaron Silverstein is an MD/PhD student, beginning his first year of medical school in the fall of 2019. He hails from Paducah, KY, where he was homeschooled until beginning his post-secondary studies at the University of Kentucky. While an undergraduate, Aaron was a member of Dr. Warren Alilain's lab in the Department of Neuroscience, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, studying therapeutics to restore breathing motor function after cervical spinal cord injury. After graduating with dual degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology (including a minor in Violin Performance), Aaron completed a research rotation in Dr. Brandon Miller's lab, also within SCoBIRC, in the department of Neurosurgery, studying inflammation and white matter damage using microglia and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in vitro. Aaron hopes to continue research for his PhD thesis with Dr. Alilain, continuing to study the effects of various paradigms of intermittent hypoxia, as inspired by physiology and psychology. Aaron and his wife, Kelsey, are avid taco enthusiasts and enjoy alleycat bicycle races, rock climbing, soccer, camping, and hiking.