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​Dr. Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Assistant Professor of Aging and Physiology
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University

Research Overview

My research focuses on how different factors such as aging and exposure to toxins (pesticides and heavy metals) contribute to neurological disorders and muscular dystrophies. A common feature of aging, exposure to toxins, and many diseases is increased levels of oxidative stress (oxygen radicals that are highly damaging to DNA, proteins, and other cellular structures). Therefore, my lab explores how stress response genes play a role in regulating aging and toxin exposure and how this contributes to a disease state. In order to address these questions, we use the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), which has been instrumental in our understanding of many neurological and muscle disorders.

Education, Training and Positions:

1997-2001 B.S. Magna Cum Laude, 

Biology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

2001-2002 Pre-IRTA Fellow, NIH, NCI

2002-2005 PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Emory University

2005-2013 Post-doctoral Fellow, Aging and Physiology, Emory University

2013 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University

2013-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

2015- Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University

Contact Me

Dr. Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Email:admorti@ilstu.edu

Phone: 309-438-8574
 

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