Quick Look• B.A. in Biological Sciences from SUNY at Buffalo in 2010
• Second year PhD student
I decided to join the CMMG program because of the amount and variety of world class research occurring in the department along with the collaborations between the clinic and other departments throughout Wayne State University. It also gives me an excellent opportunity to build upon research I was involved in as and undergrad and to further my knowledge and techniques as I move through rotations into a permanent lab. The CMMG has the faculty and resources that will allow me to perform any research in the future no matter what direction it will be in and CMMG will allows me to reach the greatest potential in that research.
• Advisor: Alexander Gow, PhD.
• My current research involves developing and testing a Multiple Sclerosis mouse model induced by genetic lesions in the PLP1 gene without prior activation of the immune system. Current models involve the creation of lesions by chemical or antigen injection neither of which currently creating a self-sustaining model of MS. Also, cytokine profiles and immune system activation in two other PLP1 mutation mouse lines are under investigation with the hope of showing secondary immune system activation in the CNS after genetic lesions in PLP1 cause myelin degeneration.