Dawson started as one of the first Avielle Foundation Interns during his freshman year at Newtown High School. Four years later he is on his way to Tufts University outside Boston with an interest in studying cognitive neuroscience, global health, and international relations, and to compete on the swim and dive team. Dawson has been interested in science for as long as he can remember, with a particular curiosity in the study of reality and how it is synthesized by the brain. Through his work with TAF he has helped create PSAs, composed the theme music for our videos, written posts for the website, and contributed to numerous brainstorm sessions and discussions. In addition, the summer of 2016 (going into his senior year) he was supported by TAF to serve as a research fellow in the Yale University Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry lab of Dr. Marina Picciotto. Here he studied the role of the neurotransmitter acetylene choline in violent behavior under the guidance of clinical researcher Dr. Alan Lewis. This work was recently submitted to the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry for peer-review. Outside of the lab he enjoys traveling, eating good food, and going on adventures.
Newtown High School