Alexa Putka

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B.S. in Neuroscience, Duke University, 2020

Advisor:  Dr. Hayley McLoughlin (Neurology)

Research Interests:  Neurodegeneration, translational neuroscience, glial biology.

Honors, grants, & awards:  

  • Regents Fellowship (September 2021)
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant - Pre-Candidate (September 2022)
  • Rackham Travel Grant (September 2022)

Service and Leadership:  

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Symposium Poster Judge (April 2023)
  • BrainsRule! Education Committee
  • NGP Recruitment & Admissions Task Force
  • Volunteer writer for SCASource (co-founded by Dr. McLoughlin, this is a resource aiming to make ataxia research more accessible to the ataxia community)

Teaching Experience:  MCDB 423 (Fall 2022)

Career Goals:  I am passionate about teaching and mentoring, so I would like to incorporate that into my future career, whether that be in academia or industry.

Hobbies:  Exploring Michigan, playing board games, baking

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers