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Kathleen Meeks
Kathleen Meeks
Graduate student
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Summary Statement

Kathleen is interested in the development of mood disorders and impulse-control disorders during adolescence, particularly within the context of neurobiological changes as analyzed via fMRI data, specifically resting-state data analyses.

  • Graduate Student
  • M.S. Neuroscience, Eberly College of Science, Penn State University, August 2023 (4.0 cumulative G.P.A.)
  • B.A. Biology, B.A. Music, Clinical Psychology minor, University of Rochester, May 2013 (3.6 cumulative G.P.A., Dean’s List)
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Professional Experience

Awards and honors:

  • Marjorie M. Knoll Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, College of Health and Human Development, May 2023
  • The Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, Life and Health Sciences Area, April 2023
  • 2nd place - 2023 Graduate Research Exhibition, Social & Behavioral Sciences research poster presentation category, April 2023
  • Suresh Nair, M., Dao, N. C., Lopez Melean, D., Griffith, K. R., Starnes, W. D., Moyer, J. B., Sicher, A. R., Brockway, D. F., Meeks, K. D., & Crowley, N. A. (2022). Somatostatin neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis play a sex-dependent role in binge Drinking. Brain research bulletin, 186, 38–46.
  • Pearson, T. S., Gilbert, L., Opladen, T., Garcia-Cazorla, A., Mastrangelo, M., Leuzzi, V., Tay, S., Sykut-Cegielska, J., Pons, R., Mercimek-Andrews, S., Kato, M., Lücke, T., Oppebøen, M., Kurian, M. A., Steel, D., Manti, F., Meeks, K. D., Jeltsch, K., & Flint, L. (2020). AADC deficiency from infancy to adulthood: Symptoms and developmental outcome in an international cohort of 63 patients. Journal of inherited metabolic disease, 43(5), 1121–1130.
  • Li Z, Del-Aguila JL., Dube U, Budde J, Martinez R, Black K, et al. (2018). Genetic variants associated with Alzheimer's disease confer different cerebral cortex cell-type population structure. Genome Med. 10:43. doi: 10.1186/s13073-018-0551-4
  • Fernández MV, Black K, Carrell D, Saef B, Budde J, Deming Y, Howells B, Del-Aguila JL, Ma S, Bi C, Norton J, Chasse R, Morris J, Goate A, Cruchaga C; NIA-LOAD family study group, NCRAD: SORL1 variants across Alzheimer's disease European American cohorts. Eur J Hum Genet. 2016 Dec; 24(12):1828-1830.
  • Eisenstein SA, Koller JM, Black KD, Ushe M, Tabbal SD, Karimi M, Campbell MC, Lugar HM, Hershey T, Perlmutter JS, Black KJ: Functional anatomy of subthalamic nucleus stimulation in Parkinson disease. Ann Neurol 2014; 76:279-295.