Born: Chicago, IL
Education: The University of Chicago, B.S. in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience; pre-medicine curriculum
Previous research experience:
Research Assistant, Snyder Group, University of Chicago, Dept. of Organic Chemistry (2016)
Since 2000, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 14%, however, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 89%. As the world’s elderly population continues to grow, so will the global psychological and economic burden of the disease. Although the major pathological signs of the disease were identified over 100 years ago, events contributing to disease progression at the molecular level are largely unknown. In the Thinakaran lab, I have been learning and implementing techniques to probe Alzheimer’s disease at the biochemical level, focusing specifically on the role of BIN1 in disease pathogenesis. BIN1 has been identified as a late-onset AD risk factor gene, however, the mechanism of BIN1 action and its precise role as a risk factor in AD remain to be discovered.