The Plant-Animal Biochemistry Lab

I’m a member of the Biology department and the program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dickinson College.  I’m also affiliated with the Environmental Studies Department and have…

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Leafy greens use mustard chemistry to sabotage herbivore DNA

Congratulations to Eric, who is off to study chemical engineering, and Eryn who successfully defended her honors thesis, Effects of Biotic Elicitors on the Glucosinolate Content in Broccoli…

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Investigating polyphenols from coffee fruit extract

Our lab team has been analyzing the polyphenol chemistry of coffee fruit.  That’s right, there was a fruit around that beautiful bean.  And it’s packed full of useful…

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Throwback Fieldwork Photos

Science Row at Dickinson College

Rector Science Complex at Dickinson College

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RustyBug goes for ice cream on campus!

From the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program ApoE Symposium

Inviting Alzheimer’s: the apoe4 gene disrupts cellular infrastructure, paving the way for cognitive decline January 22, 2021.  Thomas Arnold On Friday, approximately two hundred scientists from around the…

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Natural HDAC inhibitors alter histones, gene expression, and development

Our work with HDACis from plants, microbes, and other organisms demonstrates the role of these molecules in nature.  Here they alter development of common insects by changing patters…

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Preface – Alzheimer’s Afternoons quick summaries

New developments in our understanding of ApoE and late onset Alzheimer’s disease In early 2020 a special issue of the journal Neurobiology of Disease was published containing eleven…

Alzheimer’s Afternoons Seminar: Elizabeth Head

Dr. Elizabeth Head, Professor, University of California Irvine Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome: Link between Cerebrovascular pathology On Thursday, May 14, 2020 Dr. Liz Head presented her work…

Alzheimer’s Afternoons Seminar: Kristen Zuloaga

Sex differences in metabolic and vascular contributions to dementia. April 30, 2020 Dr. Kristen Zuloaga is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (DNET) at Albany Medical…

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Alzheimer’s Afternoon Seminar Series: Shannon Macauley

April 28, 2020 Targeting vascular KATP channel activity in Alzheimer’s disease Takeaway: Sulfonylurea drugs used to treat diabetes seem to inhibit the accumulation of Aβ by restoring vascular…

Alzheimer’s Afternoons Seminar Series: Heather Wilkins

Alzheimer’s Afternoon Seminar Series APP and Bioenergetics Dr. Heather Wilkins, University of Kansas Medical Center April 23, 2020 Dr. Wilkins began by reviewing the “Amlyoid Cascade” and the…

Alzheimer’s Afternoons Seminar Series: Constanza Cortes

Enhanced skeletal muscle as a novel determinant of CNS aging and Alzheimer’s disease  Alzheimer’s Afternoons Seminar Series (April 21) Dr. Constanza J. Cortes, Brain Aging Physiology Lab, University…