Courtney Ferrebee, PhD
2017 MMTS PhD Graduate
Year Matriculated: 2011
Email address: email@example.com
Education: Ph.D., Molecular Medicine and Translational Science Graduate Program, May 2017
Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
BA, 2009, Agnes Scott College; Major Concentration: Biology, Minor Concentration: Chemistry
Other research experience: Research Technician III, University of GA 2009-2011
Advisor: Paul Dawson, PhD, Gastroenterology- Emory University
My graduate research interests are focused on the role of bile acid transporters in enterohepatic signaling and metabolic disease. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and obesity, and has been linked to chronic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Therapies targeting bile acid enterohepatic cycling or signaling could be effective in treating these conditions. In current studies, I am trying to elucidate the molecular mechanism responsible for the protective effects involved with bile acid signaling. In addition to this, I am determining the mechanisms regulating synthesis and secretion of the enterokine factor FGF15.
Awards: Lipid Sciences Training Grant Appointment: 2014
Rheinallt Jones/Andrew Neish lab meeting; Emory University, Department
of Pediatrics. To investigate the phenotype in the Ost null mouse, the Dawson lab is
collaborating with the Jones-Neish lab to gain more insight and direction
concerning intestinal injury due to damage and oxidative stress.
& Dawson, P. Metabolic effects of intestinal absorption and enterohepatic
cycling of bile acids. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B 5, 129-134 (2015).