Graduate Student Profile
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, and due to the increase in the aging population the incidence of PD cases is projected to continue to rise. The neuronal loss seen in PD implicates both genetic and environmental factors. Therefore, determining how genes and environment leads to the progression of disease may help to prevent and/or develop therapies for patients. One of the ways I contribute to understand these mechanisms are with the fruit fly, which can be used as a simpler model of PD. Genetic manipulation and exposure with relevant toxins may allow us to tease apart the interplay between genetics and environmental toxins for disease progression.