Sabrina Clemens, BSA

Mass General Brigham

Sabrina Clemens is a Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Latin. Ms. Clemens trained as an undergraduate researcher at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, where she honed electrophysiological skills to identify neuronal subtypes based on their electrical signature and record their long-term voltage activity. After graduating, she worked at the Journal of Visualized Experiments to better understand the state of neuroscience before resuming her research training. She joined as the first member of Abby Olsen’s lab, which specializes in identifying and understanding novel genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. There she helps to elucidate the mechanism of smoking as a negative risk factor for PD via the synaptic protein SV2C, and to establish this proof of concept model for further mechanistic investigation of gene-environment interactions. She was selected to give an oral presentation at the American Association of Neurology on this research and hopes to contribute to a better understanding of this phenomena. 


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