MDN: UTHSC Postdoctoral Fellow Researching Brain Proteins
“Dr. Lynda Wilmott, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $52,500 grant to explore proteins in the brain that play a key role in controlling the communication of nerve cells that are important for encoding and storing memories.
The grant from the Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging will allow Wilmott to explore how changes in these proteins affect aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilmott currently works in the laboratory of Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski, assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC. Her research will clarify what role Kcnh3, a protein coding gene, plays in memory function, neuro responsiveness and communication between areas of the brain that are involved in memory.
The expectation of the study is that administering an antagonist drug will improve memory function, including neuron responsiveness and communication between brain areas.”