Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1998; Tufts University, Boston, MA
ORCID #0000-0001-5310-1209

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Our laboratory is currently working on two projects. The first one studies the role of a natural neuroprotective compound known as 4R cembranoid during LPS-induced neuroinflammation in mice. We are interested in finding the mechanism by which 4R treatment neuroprotects during LPS-induced inflammation. One of our candidates is the acetylcholine nicotinic alpha 7 receptor. Previous work has demonstrated that activation of the alpha 7 receptor reduces the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines in vivo. The second project focuses on obesity-induced inflammation and the role of the alpha 7 nicotinic receptors. Previous studies have shown a negative correlation between body weight gain and the alpha 7 receptor expression in human adipocytes. We put mice on a high-fat diet for 10 weeks and noticed that the a7-knock out mice gained more weight than the wild type mice. A plausible mechanism for this effect is that insulin resistance is causing a decrease in receptor expression and an increase in body weight.


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