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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. 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!

What's next?  After receiving multiple offers from top tier universities, I've decided to pursue my PhD at the Scripps Research Institute.