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March 2018 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Laura Parisi

Graduate student: Laura Parisi, 4th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Atilla’s group

Notable recent achievements:

First author research article:

First author review article:

  • Parisi, L.R.; Morrow, L.M.; Visser, M.B.; and Atilla-Gokcumen, G. E. (2018) Turning the spotlight on lipids in non-apoptotic cell death. ACS Chem. Biol., Epub (ahead of print) DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.7b01082. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acschembio.7b01082

Co-first author perspective article:

Research highlight:

My research focuses on understanding the roles of specific lipids during necroptosis, a unique type of programmed cell death which has been associated with pathologies including neurodegenerative diseases, ischaemia-reperfusion injuries, and cancer. I am currently investigating how very long chain fatty acids facilitate necroptosis using structure-specific “clickable” fatty acid probes.

I like being a graduate student in the Chemistry department here at UB because there is a great sense of community; everyone is really friendly, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to expand my research through collaborations.

Outside of the lab, I like to try new foods and spend time relaxing with my cat, Kiki.

Congratulations, Laura!