Mary Burke is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program studying the neurobiology of obesity. The goal of her thesis work is to evaluate the therapeutic potential of a novel target for restoring gut-brain communication in overweight and obese patients. Beyond the lab, Mary is a strong advocate for science outreach and education. She served as director of the Neuroscience Outreach Group and Brain Education Day at Yale, and has also worked to create opportunities for Yale students and post-docs to learn about entrepreneurship in the life sciences. Prior to attending Yale, she graduated from Oberlin College with a BA degree in Neuroscience and French. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys yoga, running, and singing a cappella.