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Nina Moore


I am a proud Midwest native from Indiana! In May 2017, I graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology with minors in Spanish and global health. As an undergraduate, I worked under Dr. Melissa Petreaca, studying the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ginger. As a Discovery PREP scholar, I am working under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Lovett-Racke. One of the main research projects in her lab is how increased vitamin D exposure in early childhood can reduce susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood. During MS, microglia, immune cells in the central nervous system, will become activated and produce pro-inflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation. Previous research in our lab has shown that a cytokine called IL-34 creates an anti-inflammatory phenotype in mouse microglia, causing them to decrease expression of these pro-inflammatory cytokines. One of my research projects seeks to determine if IL-34 exposure to human microglia produces the same effect. My second research project seeks to determine the risk of developing MS in mice if immune cells are vitamin D deficient. Outside of PREP, I am a certified diver! I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, shopping and traveling. I hope to attend graduate school and receive a PhD in the biomedical sciences. My research interests include immunology and cancer biology. I am very excited about the future and am looking forward to pursuing these research interests in graduate school!