Rebecca A. Wilshusen
Rebecca Wilshusen

Rebecca A. Wilshusen

Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (2015-2018)

The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) training fellowships (F31) to outstanding predoctoral candidates from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Rebecca Wilshusen was awarded a prestigious F31 award for her project, entitled “T Cell-Mediated Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in Models of Parkinson's Disease.”  Rebecca’s work will address the cellular and molecular mechanism by which modified self protein-specific effector T cell subsets modulate neurodegeneration, thereby permitting a novel insight into how nitrated α-synuclein-specific effector T cells induce neurodegeneration in models reflective of Parkinson’s disease.  Rebecca completed her dissertation research under the mentorship of R. Lee Mosley, Ph.D., receiving the Ph.D. degree in May 2018.