Undergraduate Volunteer (2016 - 2017)
Born: Baltimore, Maryland
Education: The University of Chicago, B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Biological Sciences with plans to pursue a graduate degree.
Work experience: Research Assistant, Department of Neurosciences. Case Western Reserve University (2011-2015)
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Before joining in the Thinakaran Lab, I contributed to a project at Case Western Reserve University which analyzed the role of Interleukin Receptor Associated Kinase 4 in the pathology of AD. In the Thinakaran Lab, my main focus is on the neuronal trafficking of the BACE1 protein. Alzheimer's Disease and Neuroscience research in general continues to be one of the more unexplored and undefined areas of study, and the ability to discover new pathways and mechanisms fascinates me. Neuroscience combines my interest in Economics and and Biology; both disciplines allow me to examine the multitude of bodily and social systems that influence how we make decisions.