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Courtney Ferrebee, PhD

Courtney Ferrebee

Postdoctoral Fellow
Emory University Vaccine Center
HIV Vaccine Development
Atlanta, GA

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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

Research Interests:
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.


Ferrebee, C. & Dawson, P. Metabolic effects of intestinal absorption and enterohepatic cycling of bile acids. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B 5, 129-134 (2015).


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