The Use of CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing Tool in Treating Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is dominantly inherited genetic disorder that causes the development of Alzheimer’s Disease in individuals younger than 65 years old. AD is caused by a point mutation in three major genes, one of which is amyloid precursor protein (APP). APP is cleaved to generate beta amyloid which makes up…

The Effects of Short Term Estrogen Therapy on Long Term Cognition in Mouse Model

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 Menopause in women is characterized by the decline in the production of reproductive hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen plays in a major role in maintaining cognition. Thus, post-menopausal estrogen therapy has the potential to enhance cognition in women. However, treatment success, and it appears that estrogen therapy is only effective at a…

The Perceived Need, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Individuals with Eating Disorders in College Students

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 An eating disorder (ED) is a condition characterized by abnormal eating behaviors and a negative attitude towards food. Eating disorders are one of the deadliest types of mental illness yet remain under-treated within the population. Only one-third of individuals suffering from an ED have received treatment. Under-treatment of an ED is likely…

New Wasp Species Discovered in Amazon

Rachel Kogan ’19 DThe Amazon Rainforest spans much of northern South America and is largely considered to be one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. The ecological diversity in the transitional region between the rainforest and the Andes Mountains in particular has fascinated many scientists for decades. Recently, researchers have uncovered a…