Student NameAlexa Mealy
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Lucia Notterpek
CollegeCollege of Medicine
MajorMicrobiology & Cell Science
MinorAnthropology
Research InterestsNeurobiology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Demyelinating Diseases
Academic AwardsDean's List
Hobbies and InterestsFlute Performance, Volunteering at Animal Shelters, shadowing local physicians

Research Project

Investigating Central Nervous System Involvement in Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) Disease

The project aims to identify the means by which unsuccessful diaphragmatic innervation arises and analyze the neuronal structures within the cervical spinal cord. Analyses will also be done regarding muscular atrophy in the diaphragms of neuropathic mice. Our hypothesis is that the significant decline in respiratory well-being of DSS (CMT Type Disease) patients is due to a combination of diaphragmatic atrophy and subsequent innervation error.