Lindsey Goodman, PhD

I received Bachelor’s degrees in Neurobiology and Human Biology: Genetics and Biotechnology from the University of Texas at Austin. Since, I have tirelessly pursued neurobiological research and my unique academic training gives me expertise in multiple disciplines. After undergraduate school, I worked as a lab manager at MDAnderson Cancer Center in Erik Sulman’s lab where I investigated biomarkers of grade IV brain tumors. I then pursued a PhD in Neuroscience from Nancy Bonini's lab at the University of Pennsylvania. There, I learned how to use the powerful genetic tool, Drosophila melanogaster, to study human neurodegenerative diseases. My PhD work uncovered proteins required for the expression of a unique hexanucleotide repeat mutation found in the C9orf72 gene of some frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients. Now, as a postdoctoral fellow in Hugo Bellen’s lab, I am continuing to develop my expertise on Drosophila modeling and neurodegeneration. Dr. Bellen's lab uses multiple model systems to study human disease and develops state-of-the-art technologies for disease modeling in the fly. Dr. Bellen's mentorship and lab have promoted my ability to be innovative in my research as I investigate disease mechanisms associated with Alzheimer's disease progression. Overall, I am continuing to develop my expertise in genetics and neurodegenerative disease research in his lab with the goal of developing an independent, academic career.