Jennifer Brown

Entering Class - 2016


PhD 2022

PhD Thesis

Alpha-synuclein functions as a sex-specific modulator of cognition and gene

PhD/JD Program

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Skidmore College, BA, Neuroscience and Psychology, 2013

Graduate Advisor:

Sylvain Lesne, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Harry Orr, Ph.D., Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Graduate Research:

Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases

Graduate Publications:

  • Brown JL, Murphy KA, O'Connell TD, Lesné SE. Comment on "Activation of the omega-3 fatty acid receptor GPR120 protects against focal cerebral ischemic injury by preventing inflammation and apoptosis in mice".J Immunol. 2022 Oct 1;209(7):1229-1233.
  • Crane AT, Shen FX, Brown JL, Cormack W, Ruiz-Estevez M, Voth JP, Sawai T, Hatta T, Fujita M, Low WC. The American public is ready to accept human-animal chimera research. Stem Cell Reports. 2020 Oct 13;15(4):804-810.
  • Brown JL, Lyons CE, Toddes C, Monko T, Tyshynsky R. Reevaluating tear gas toxicity and safety. Inhal Toxicol. 2021 Sep 12:1-16.
  • Brown JL, Lyons CE, Toddes C, Monko T, Tyshynsky R. Tear gas safety and usage practices. Journal of Science Policy and Goverance. 2021;18(1):
  • Khan SS, LaCroix M, Boyle G, Sherman MA, Brown JL, Amar F, Aldaco J, Lee MK, Bloom GS, Lesné SE. Bidirectional modulation of Alzheimer phenotype by alpha-synuclein in mice and primary neurons. Acta Neuropathol. 2018;136(4):589-605.

Graduate Awards and Honors:

NIH Ruth Kirschstein Individual Research Service Award F31 2021-2023

Third place, Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition; Medical Leadership Leadership Institute  2020

Undergraduate Awards:

  • Joseph C. Palamountain all-college writing award (2013), Amy Eisenberg Memorial Award in psychology (2013), Thoroughbred Society for varsity athletes, departmental honors in Neuroscience and Psychology

Research Categories:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neural Injury
  • Neurogenetics


Why Did You Choose MN?

I was looking for a school that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries, was doing a variety of impactful research, and had a supportive atmosphere with great camaraderie among the students.

Student Mentor And the Best Advice They Gave:

Cook:  The classes will be a lot (of work), but just keep pushing through, because everyone else is in the same position.

Favorite Itasca Memory:

1) Hanging with my cohort in general 2) the meteor shower 3) paddle board raft creation.


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