Neuroscience is one of the more understudied fields of biological science, yet it offers promising information that could reduce and/or eliminate a number of psychiatric diseases. Dr. Laura Colgin of the University of Texas at Austin is studying gamma rhythms, or 'gamma waves.' Gamma rhythms are rapid, rhythmic, electrical signals in the brain that regulate many of our thought processes including attention and memory. Gamma rhythms are disturbed in many psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Colgin's lab is studying gamma rhythms in rodents that have been genetically engineered to express psychiatric diseases found in humans. Her team is working to develop methods for restoring healthy gamma rhythms in individuals with these diseases; repairing damaged gamma waves in psychiatric disorders may recover cognitive ability. This data can ultimately be translated from rodents to humans and used to help develop cures for psychiatric disorders caused by aberrant brain rhythms. Dr. Colgin's research is on the verge of not just uncovering valuable data for deeper neurological research, but also providing data that can improve the quality of life for a number of suffering individuals. Dr. Colgin and her team are also working to understand the fundamentals of normal memory in healthy humans.