My doctoral research is co-supervised by Dr. Marc Tatar and Dr. Karla Kaun. I will be investigating the underlying mechanisms of neurodegeneration using drosophila models of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how genetic and environmental factors alter behavior, immune function, and metabolism and how these perturbations lead to neuropathology.
My main goals are:
1) Elucidate risk factors of neurodegenerative disease.
2) Identify therapeutic targets and treatment strategies.
3) Characterize behavioral phenotypes and biomarkers for diagnosis of disease in early stages.
The Tatar Lab is broadly interested in how the endocrine system is involved in the genetic and molecular mechanisms of aging using population demography and physiology.
The Kaun Lab is interested in the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying memory, particularly in the context of behavioral responses to drugs of abuse.