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Student Spotlight - Christopher Ayoub

Marcus Harrigan 

Christopher Ayoub
Alzheimer's Disease
Houston, TX



Research interests:

I am broadly interested in genetics and neuroscience, with a particular interest in Alzheimer’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease with both genetic and environmental inputs and a biological problem that translates from the level of molecular signaling to human behavior.

Awards, honors, publications:

MSTP Leadership & Academic Achievement Award (2018)
Distinguished University Fellowship (2019)


Publications (before OSU):

Bodine TJ, Evangelista MA, Chang HT, Ayoub CA, Samuel BS, Sucgang R, and Zechiedrich L. (2017). Escherichia coli DNA ligase B may mitigate damage from oxidative stress. Palle K, ed. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(7):e0180800. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0180800.

Yoo S-H, Kojima S, Shimomura K, Koike N, Buhr ED, Furukawa T, Ko, CH, Gloston G, Ayoub CA, Nohara K, Reyes BA, Tsuchiya Y, Yoo O-J, Yagita K, Lee C, Chen Z, Yamazaki S, Green C, Takahashi, JS (2017). Period2 3’-UTR and microRNA-24 regulate circadian rhythms by repressing PERIOD2 protein accumulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(42), E8855--E8864. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1706611114

​Long term goals/aspirations:

To be a scientist, a physician, and a dad.

​Post MSTP Training dream job:

I am still exploring specialties, but holding onto the dream of being a true physician-scientist working both at the bench and the bedside.


What you enjoy outside of school:

Cooking, Running, Swimming, Singing, Reading, Podcasts, TV Shows, and Musicals

A talent you have always wanted:

Freezing Time

Favorite quote:

    “There’s only us
     There’s only this
     Forget regret
     Or life is yours to miss.”
            – RENT the Musical


Favorite book:

     Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind

Can't live without:


If you weren't in MSTP, what would you be doing now?

Linguistic Anthropology or Music