I am a neuroscience PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in understanding why and how neurodegeneration occurs. My thesis work focuses on studying the mechanisms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, cognitive impairment which affects about half of the HIV-infected population. Through my work, I aim to understand how HIV infection can activate processes that injure the brain and the central nervous system and how we can stop them.

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Neuroscientist seeks love molecule: a conversation with Bianca Jones Marlin

The Columbia scientist on the neuroscience of motherhood and how social justice and science intersect

A new shortcut skips stem cells completely, converts skin cells into photoreceptors

This method, which uses a handful of small molecule drugs, is a time-saver compared to stem cell therapy

Some honeybees entering and exiting a commercial bee colony

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Sick bees social distance, but only within their own colony

Bees from other colonies accepted infected bees with open arms where they usually would be rejected.

Lead poisoning hits low-income children harder than their affluent neighbors

Children living in poverty suffer greater cognitive and physical effects from lead exposure than children from richer families, even if they live in the same area

How 14 months in Antarctica changes your brain

Studying the effects of isolated, monotonous environments on the human brain has important implications for space travel

Mice need microbes to forget their fears

Germ-free and antibiotic-treated mice have impaired fear extinction

Some brains are more susceptible to PTSD after trauma than others

Everyone experiences trauma, but in some brains, PTSD arises where others aren't at as much risk

How humans have shaped the brains of our furry friends

By breeding dogs for specific behaviors, humans have also altered the physical structure of their brains

Feel like quitting? Blame your brain cells

Understanding the biological mechanisms of “giving up” in fish may teach us about complex human behaviors

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Neurons and cancer cells are a dangerous duo

New research finds that neurons migrate from the brain to infiltrate cancer cells, and that targeting this process is a promising new method of attack on cancer.

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Garbage mitochondria may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

Taking out the trash improves key symptoms of neurodegenerative disease