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Alexandra Pallottie, B.S.

Predoctoral Student
Alexandra Pallottie, B.S.

Alexandra Pallottie is a graduate student currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, & Physiology (CBNP) track of the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, with a concentration in Neuroscience.  Alexandra graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette College in May 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science and Honors in Neuroscience.  Her undergraduate thesis research–which was published in 2011, investigated the modulation of finger contact timing during human grasping behavior.  It was this research that turned her interest toward the relay center for sensory input and motor output: the spinal cord. 

Shortly after joining the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in Fall 2011, Alexandra was inducted into the Rutgers Society of Research Scholars which recognizes incoming PhD students with the highest academic credentials.  Recently, she was also inducted into the Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, which recognizes both high academic achievement as well as strong leadership skills.

Alexandra is currently carrying out her dissertation research with Drs. Stella Elkabes and Robert F. Heary in the Department of Neurological Surgery.  Her work focuses on the role played by toll-like receptor (TLR) 9 in the development of spinal cord injury (SCI)-induced neuropathic pain.  She also studies the functional interactions between TLR9 and other TLRs within the injured and intact spinal cord.