Photo by Daniel Dillard.


I am a first year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine pursuing a career as a physician-researcher. My research interests revolve around synaptic plasticity and the mechanisms that give rise to cognition and disease. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how exosomes shape cell-to-cell communication, primarily at the synapse, and the genetic and epigenetic influences on exosome function. I pursue this work largely under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Vivian Budnik at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

As an undergraduate, I studied Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Washington. During this time, I worked with Dr. William Banks where we studied the blood-brain barrier and techniques for selective drug bypass – primarily through the nasal epithelium.

Science outreach and education are my passion and pastime. I co-founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of the undergraduate journal Grey Matters Journal for several years. Currently, I am the President of the Grey Matters board of directors. In this role, I mentor undergraduates and oversee the outreach activities of the journal.

In my free time I enjoy reading (especially science history and “discovery” stories), running, and rock climbing.

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Cordy B J. (2015). Intranasal administration as a route for drug delivery to the brain: Evidence for a unique pathway for albumin. Undergraduate Research Symposium. Oral presentation. May 15, 2015.

Cordy B J. (2015). Animal models in research are necessary and ethicalThe Daily of the University of Washington, 26 Apr. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

Cordy B J., Miles J T. (2014). Providing a new focus for neuroscience popularization. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2014 Conference.

Falcone J A., Salameh T S., Xiang Y, Cordy B J., Mortell W G., Kabanov A V., Banks W A. (2014). Intranasal administration as a route for drug delivery to the brain: Evidence for a unique pathway for albumin. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 351, 54-60.

Cordy, B J. (2014). The history of electrophysiology. Grey Matters Journal, 1 (2), 5-8.

Cordy, B J. (2013). On hominid intelligence. Grey Matters Journal, 1 (1), 21-25.


Updated: February 05, 2017