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Students | Graduate Neuroscience Program

Sonal

 Sonal Agrawal

 sagrawal@uwyo.edu

In 2015 I completed my PhD in Toxicology at CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India. The topic of my PhD was “Mitochondrial proteomics to decipher the mechanism of cypermethrin-induced nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurodegeneration”. Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral research associate in Fox Lab to study underlying mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease. My focus is to studying the environmental modifiers of Huntington’s Disease. Previous work in our lab shows nutritional iron intake exacerbates oxidative stress and potentiates Huntington’s disease in HD mice. The main aim my work is to understand the mechanism by which iron potentiates Huntington's disease in R6/2 HD mice.

David Donley

ddonley@uwyo.edu

My background is in Biochemistry (B.S. Harding University). After teaching for several years and completing an M.S.E. in Education, I joined Dr. Fox's lab to study Huntington's disease. Huntington's disease is a  neurodegenerative disease caused by a genetic mutation. I am interested in studying the environmental influence on neurological disease progression and the interplay between the immune system and brain processes. Broadly, my work is focused on studying the role of neuroinflammatory processes that may drive neurodegeneration. I am co-advised by Dr. Jason Gigley in the University of Wyoming Molecular Biology Department. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of chronic infection with the intracellular parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, on Huntington's disease. I am also studying the relationship of neuroinflammation, microglial enzyme activation, and Huntington's disease. I use both cell culture and mouse models of Huntington's disease to accomplish this goal.

Lab Alumni

Dr. Sonal Agrawal (post-doctoral fellow)

Dr. Kiersten Berggren (post-doctoral fellow)

Jiangfang Chen (Master's student)

Teal Jenkins (Medical student, summer research)

Dr. Zhen Lu (Ph.D. student)

Eileen Marks (Master's student)

Jenna Moline (Master's student)

Undergraduate Students

Marley Realing (INBRE fellow)

Lindsay Dodds

Ryan Nelson (INBRE fellow)

Andy Olson

Jonathan Miller

Carly Stewart

Carysa Jorgensen

Anna Bertani

Kelsey Plambeck


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