Dr. Danielle A. Simmons
Danielle Simmons received her Bachelorís degrees from the Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she majored in Biology and Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior with an emphasis on neuroendocrinology and reproductive behavior. She also worked at Cortex Pharmaceuticals performing behavioral studies of learning and memory. Dr. Simmons currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior studying neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntingtonís, Alzheimerís and Niemann-Pick Type C. She also works part-time as the Program Manager for Drug Development at Thuris Corporation focusing on developing therapeutics for the aforementioned diseases. She has 12 years of experience in academic laboratories with particular expertise in the areas of neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, reproductive physiology, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. Her knowledge of techniques includes immunocytochemistry and other histological procedures, genotyping, organotypic slice culture, animal models of neurodegenerative diseases, behavioral models, stereotaxic surgery, excitotoxic lesions, cannula implantation, hormonal manipulations, in situ hybridization, ELISA, RT-PCR, and Western immunoblotting.