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Robin Petroze

Amyloid Precursor Protein and Presenilin-1 Double Mutant Mice as a Model for Alzheimer's Disease
Mentor: Dr. D. Allan Butterfield

Robin's Beckman research proposal can be found at the bottom of this page.

Since graduating from the University of Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Chemistry, Robin has received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a General Surgery Resident at the University of Virginia. She was a Fogarty International Clinical Fellow at Central University Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda where she served as the principle investigator on two collaborative studies with the National University of Rwanda and the Rwanda Ministry of Health.


World Journal of Surgery
Pilot Testing of a Population-based Surgical Survey Tool in Sierra Leone
Ratio of Cesarean Sections to Total Procedures as a Marker of District Hospital Trauma Capacity

Surgical Clinics of North America
Pediatric Chest II: Benign Tumors and Cysts

Journal of the American College of Radiology
Picturing the Climate: Radiologic Assessment of Rwandan Imaging Capacity

Brain Research
Proteomic identification of proteins oxidized by Aβ(1-42) in synaptosomes, Implication for Alzheimer's disease

Neuroscience Letters
4-Hydroxynonenal oxidatively modifies histones: implication for Alzheimer's disease

Professional Conference Presentations:

2003 - American Chemical Scoiety Conference, New Orleans, LA
2003 - 6th International Brain Research Organization Conference, Prague
2002 - Society for Neuroscience 32nd Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

From Robin (Spring 2003):

Throughout the past two and a half years of my college experience, I have excelled in my studies and activities. I entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1999 as a valedictorian from Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, a National Merit Scholar, and UK National Merit Scholarship recipient. Since that point, I have been named to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List every semester.

I have also earned acceptance to the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. At the end of the 2001 spring semester, the UK Honors Program awarded me a Journal Journey Scholarship for a summer travel opportunity to Washington, DC and New York City by train; throughout the trip, I studied the body language and interactions of strangers.

Until the current semester, I have not had the time to work for an extended period in university research due to a full load of classes and a study abroad experience in London, England this past fall. This semester, I am working in Dr. Butterfield's laboratory in the UK Chemistry department, studying oxidative stressing relation to neurodegenerative disease; as I discuss in my research proposal, I plan to continue this research through graduation.

Over the summers, I have explored research and clinical venues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. During the summer between high school graduation and college, I was selected for an elite program to work with a pediatric surgeon. During this time, I had the opportunity to observe in a research laboratory. The following summer, I worked full-time as a laboratory aide in molecular biology studying actin function in cardiac muscle. During this time, I was introduced to basic laboratory practice and the use of transgenic mouse models in research. Most recently, I spent a summer working in the Hematology/Oncology department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, spending most of my time in the clinical laboratory. While I did participate in some clinical studies during my summers at the Children's Hospital, I learned quite a bit about laboratory techniques as well, that I hope to apply to future research endeavors.

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Research Proposal: