Alexander Fethiere

Mentor: Dr. Lucia Notterpek
College of Medicine
 
"I got involved with research at the McKnight Brain Institute to develop critical thinking skills in a new scientific environment. As I intend to pursue a career in medicine, I wanted to cultivate technical skills and also see the work that goes into the research aspect of the medical field."

Major

Biology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Lipid Abnormalities
  • Immunology

Academic Awards

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Recipient Fall 2014
  • CALS Dean's List Spring 2015 - Spring 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Society For Neuroscience
  • Northwood YMCA
  • Pi Kappa Alpha

Volunteer

  • McKnight Brain Institute Study Staff
  • Pine Grove Low-Income Housing
  • Boys and Girls Club

Hobbies and Interests

  • Golf
  • Exercise
  • Cooking
  • Soccer

Research Description

Characterizing the Abnormal Lipid Profile in the Nerves of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 1A Point Mutation Mouse Model
I intend to characterize the abnormal lipid profile of a hereditary neuropathic mutant mouse model through the use of various immunolabeling methods in nervous tissue and Schwann cells of the mutant mice for lipid localization and interaction studies. Western blotting quanitification of lipid-related proteins will serve as an auxiliary method of determining abnormal lipid levels. I aim to characterize the importance of lipids in relation to the hypomyelination of nerves present in this mutant mouse model.