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Christina Ramelow

McNair Scholar Christina

Christina Ramelow is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University located in Cheney, Washington, United States who was accepted into the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Winter 2017. My major academic interests include studying cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, immunology, pathology, microbiology, and neurobiology. My career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience. My research interests include studying molecular and cellular pathways to understand intricate neurological and psychiatric disorders.  Currently, I am working with Dr. Charles Herr to further characterize Pseudoloma neurophilia in vitro. Zebrafish, Danio rerio, a model organism for developmental biology, are plagued by the microsporidian fungus, P. neurophilia. In 2010, 74% of laboratories that submitted fish to the Zebrafish International Resource Center, ZIRC, were infected. P. neurophilia chronically spreads to neural tissue, in which mature spores infest the hindbrain, spinal cord, motor nerve ganglia and spinal nerve roots. Furthermore, P.  neurophilia is suspected in global amphibian extinction. Our research goal is to develop a system to study how P. neurophilia infects zebrafish ovaries. Spring 2018 I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry. Following, I plan to earn my Ph.D. in neuroscience, work in industry and later academia. As a college professor, I can conduct research, teach, and mentor; especially, I would like to mentor the next generation of underrepresented biologists. 

McNair Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Javier Ochoa-Reparaz - Biology

McNair Research Title: Studying Intestinal Permeability on Murine Model of Multiple Sclerosis

McNair Research Abstract: The study investigates the association between intestinal permeability and severity of decease. Non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice develop spontaneous diabetes unless active experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine model of multiple sclerosis, (MS) is induced.

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