Thanks again to so many of you who have donated and spread the word regarding our fundraising campaign to support funded research opportunities to undergraduates in Alzheimer's disease research!! So far we have made it more than half way towards our goal with just over one week left. Please help us in this last stretch to reach our full goal by spreading word to your friends and family who care about defeating Alzheimer's disease.
I feel passionate about training undergraduates. I'm very proud that we have taken excellent students at UT Austin and launched them into the most prestigious research programs in the country. Below are shining examples of some of our recent student volunteers.
Celia joined our lab after Freshman year not knowing much about research. She quickly picked up skills in a project that allowed her to win summer research fellowships at Univ Washington and the prestigious Janelia Farm research center. By the end of her time in our lab she had contributed to a project highlighted on NPR radio, and moved on to publish her own first-author paper on novel way to potentially treat muscular dystrophy. Her amazing dedication and intellect was recognized by all graduate programs that accepted her. Celia settled for the graduate program in neuroscience at Harvard University.
Lindsay started in our lab working on a complicated project involving molecular basis for how alcohol alters the nervous system for intoxication. She then completed an independent project on how dopamine is used in switching the nervous system from one mode of motion to another. Lindsay now is almost finished in the graduate program in neuroscience at Stanford University where she has been studying the basis for ALS. In addition to the papers she published while volunteering in our lab, she recently had her ALS research accepted into the most competitive journal in the world called Nature.
Erin joined our lab thinking that she'd like to aim for a medical career after graduating UT. She focused on studying genes that underlie disinhibition during intoxication, helping our grad students publish a well received paper. She used her experience in our lab to jump into medical school at Columbia University where she still loves studying neurology.
Lindsay represents another student who loved research and took this into a medical direction. During her time in our lab, she screened for novel mutations that "cured" a worm model of Parkinson disease. Without any dopamine, these magical mutations allowed the worms to move about like normal worms. Lindsay soared with success, first with an extremely competitive Fulbright Award to study Spanish in Spain and next entering medical school at UTSW in Dallas.
All of our undergraduate students experience real research firsthand. Students who work on our Alzheimer's research will be more likely to continue groundbreaking Alzheimer's research in competitive grad and medical school programs. By supporting this fundraiser you will both make a difference with discoveries in our lab at UT Austin while launching the careers of these bright young researchers!! Thank you for your support!