Born: Houston, Texas
Education: The University of Chicago, B.S. in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Genetics and B.A. in Neuroscience with plans to pursue pre-med curriculum
Recipient - BSCD Summer Fellowship
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that is both perplexing and personal to me. With my interest in cellular and molecular biology as well as my desire to better understand AD, in the Thinakaran lab, I am studying the cellular function of BIN1, a risk factor for late-onset AD. BIN1 is known to be a member of a family of proteins with roles in cell membrane dynamics regulation and endocytosis, but the function of BIN1 in the brain and its contributions to AD pathogenesis are still largely unknown. Therefore, my research in the Thinakaran lab is aimed at identifying the molecular partners of BIN1 in order to better understand its cellular environment within oligodendrocytes and neurons that links to its role as an Alzheimer’s disease risk factor.