Lance Heady

Lance Heady, Undergraduate student, Biochemistry, Neurobiology

Investigates neurological treatments

• What is your area of research or scholarship? My research focuses on investigation and discovery of new therapeutics for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Currently, there are no treatments for these diseases that prevent or slow their progression. Thus using animal models of diseases we hope to identify new therapeutic options that can slow cell death in the brain.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? Biochemistry and Neurobiology double major with a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science and a Minor in Chemistry.
• Hometown: Quincy, IL
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Andrew Pieper
• What are your career goals? I am currently in the application process for neuroscience Ph.D. programs and have hopes of becoming a faculty member with a research interest in understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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