Introducing: Jenni Isaac ’16

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Much is yet to be discovered about Alzheimer’s disease—the biologic changes that cause the disease, how it progresses and how it can be prevented or slowed. Jenni Isaac ’16 is particularly interested in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. A Division I athlete (women’s soccer) and recipient of the prestigious, nationally awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Isaac spent the summer examining a specific network in the brain that has been heavily implicated in Alzheimer’s. She is interested in whether the brain is capable of rewiring itself after sustaining damage by neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. For her thesis, she will continue investigating whether the degeneration of a specific population of neurons is actually as responsible for the memory deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease as was once thought. A neuroscience major, Isaac plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience post-graduation.

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