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Oriana Williams

 

Born: Orlando, Florida

B.S Neuroscience and Behavior (2020)

Florida Atlantic University

As an undergraduate student, I studied at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and obtained a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. Following graduation, I worked as a research assistant using rodent models to study the thalamus’s role in sleep-dependent memory consolidation during object place recognition tasks. From a young age, neurodegenerative diseases have interested me and have fueled a passion to work to try and understand more about them. The experience I gained working in behavioral neuroscience has led me now as a graduate student to pursue a research path more focused on cellular and molecular biology approaches to study Alzheimer’s Disease. In the Thinakaran Lab, I will be investigating the role of BIN1’s functional role in microglial cells and how this may contribute to neuroinflammatory events in Alzheimer's disease.