Catrina Robinson, PI: The research in my laboratory focuses on understand the role of metabolic disorders (such as prediabetes, diabetes, and obesity) on brain health and aging. Currently, we are studying the impact of diet and obesity on memory function. We are also exploring mechanisms that link metabolic disorders to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, we are investigating the role of prediabetes on stroke recovery. The goal of our laboratory is to understand the pathways involved in order to develop novel therapeutic targets to improve brain health. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is training and mentoring. I have experience training/mentoring high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Janet Boggs, Laboratory Manager: I am the laboratory manager. I have been a part of the Robinson’s lab since 2014. Outside of the lab, I like to play with my dog, Parker.
Alexus Williams: I am currently a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Robinson’s lab. I graduated from Savannah State University in December 2018. I have been a part of the Robinson Team since the summer of 2017 when I joined as a fellow in the summer undergraduate research program (SURP) on the cardiovascular biology tract. My research focused on developing cognitive rehabilitation task for preclinical neurodegenerative models. Outside of lab, I spend my time watching Netflix and listen to the Crime Junkie podcast. I am a member of Beta Kappa Chi National Science Honor society, and the American Medical Student Association.
Congratulations to Luke Watson for his appointment as a predoctoral fellow on NHLBI Training Grant (T32)!
Congratulations to Kevin Boyd for graduating with Academic Honors from Academic Magnet High School. He will be attending Duke University in the Fall!
Crystal Smith attended the NEURAL Conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in June where she presented a poster on intranasal insulin as a therapy to improve stroke recovery.
Alexus Williams attended the Mid-Atlantic PREP/IMSD Research Symposium (MAPRS) at Wake Forest in May and presented a poster on the development of a cognitive rehabilitation paradigm.
Congratulations to Stacy Nguyen for graduating from the Honor’s College at the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology!
Past Team Members
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