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Robinson's Lab Team

Current Team Members

Photo of Catrina RobinsonCatrina Robinson, PI: The research in my laboratory focuses on understand the role of metabolic disorders (such as prediabetes, diabetes, and obesity) on brain health and aging.  Currently, we are studying the impact of diet and obesity on memory function. We are also exploring mechanisms that link metabolic disorders to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, we are investigating the role of prediabetes on stroke recovery. The goal of our laboratory is to understand the pathways involved in order to develop novel therapeutic targets to improve brain health. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is training and mentoring. I have experience training/mentoring high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Janet Boggs, Laboratory Manager

Janet Boggs, Laboratory Manager: I am the laboratory manager. I have been a part of the Robinson’s lab since 2014. Outside of the lab, I like to play with my dog, Parker.

Photo of Luke Watson, Graduate Student

Luke Watson, Graduate Student: I am currently a 2nd year graduate student in the Neurology department and the MCBP program, seeking a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. I chose this as my dissertation lab in May 2018 after rotating through the lab in winter 2017-2018. I work with Dr. Robinson on a project seeking to identify mechanistic links between metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases, specifically at the level of the blood brain barrier. Our hyperinsulinemic in vivo modeling allows us to probe questions about how disrupted insulin transport affects cognition, a phenomenon that intersects both of these groups of disorders. In my free time, I like to remain active through running and swimming, exploring the low country as much as I can, and spending time with friends - either at the beach or at a local brewery around Charleston!

Image of Alexus Williams, Post-Baccalaureate Student

Alexus Williams, Post-Baccalaureate Student: I am currently an Undergraduate Senior at Savannah State University. I have been a part of the Robinson Team since summer 2017. I was chosen by Dr. Robinson from the group of cardiovascular biology tract students in the SURP program at MUSC. I have been doing research on Developing a Cognitive Rehabilitation Task for Mice. Outside of lab, I spend my time watching cheerleading videos, I cheered for 12 years. Things you don’t know about me: I am the former president of my schools chapter of Beta Kappa Chi National Science Honor Society. I was just inducted as a member of the American Medical Student Association at school in October 2018.

Photo of Taylor Lowry, Lab Assistant/Undergraduate Student

Taylor Lowry, Lab Assistant/Undergraduate Student: I am an Undergraduate student at the College of Charleston majoring in Public Health. I have been a part of the Robinson team since January. I was interested in the Robinson Lab because of its research in the recovery process post-stroke. Outside of the lab, I like to be involved in the photography club on the College of Charleston campus.

Photo of Tyler Stone, Undergraduate Student

Tyler Stone, Undergraduate Student: I am an undergraduate student at the College of Charleston Honors College pursuing a majoring in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry, on the pre-med track. I have been a part of the lab since January of 2018 and don't plan on leaving any time soon! Later in life, hopefully, sooner rather than later, I want to be a doctor of medicine. But I don't want to be a doctor who is unconscious of the elaborate, interconnecting, web of people with varying professions and disciplines who all come together to do great things for humanity. I want to be a doctor who really knows what medicine entails one who saw what it's like to be central in the core goal of extending one's life in Dr. Robinson's medical research lab, on the first responder side as an EMT, the administration aspect of a hospital by being a public health major, and to give back to the community that allows me to be involved with all of these activities at the Jewish Student Union at the College of Charleston. Outside of the lab, I enjoy tutoring students in Chemistry and Biology over at the Center of Student Learning in the Addlestone Library, volunteering for the student-run EMS squad on campus as an EMT, a member of AED and AXE a pre-health society and a chemistry fraternity, respectively, and enjoy spending time at the Hillel on campus.

Stacy Nguyen, Undergraduate Student

Stacy Nguyen, Undergraduate Student: I am a senior at the Honors College of College of Charleston. I am planning to graduate May 2019. I have been part of the Robinson Lab since June 2018. Throughout Summer and Fall 2018, I have been learning how to perform different lab techniques and analyzing data such as IHC staining, processing blood, analyzing ladder and NOR video, and protein assaying. My bachelor's essay is based of utilizing an animal model that can be a translatable therapy for administering intranasal insulin in stroke patients. I find this research exciting to learn because post-stroke in patients can be difficult to treat, but with intranasal insulin being in the clinical trials, if offers a potential treatment!  Overall, it is both scientific and clinical based, which I love. Outside of lab, I love volunteering and working as an EMT. I like to run, go to the beach with my friends, and spend time with my family back in Greenville. 

Kevin Boyd, High School Student

Kevin Boyd, High School Student: I am a senior at Academic Magnet High School, class of 2019. I joined the Robinson lab roughly a year ago. In the Robinson’s lab, I study the predictive significance of behavioral responses of APP/PS1 mice in the Novel Object Recognition task. I also help on other projects including analyzing mouse behavior and working on the cryostat. I was interested in the Robinson laboratory not only because Dr. Robinson agreed to mentor me throughout my senior thesis process as well as supply the necessary resources to complete my research, but also because of my interest with the research within the lab. My research interests include Alzheimer’s disease, neuro-cognitive deficits, and preventing neuro-degeneration, etc. Working within the Robinson laboratory with the other researchers is my first authentic research experience. Outside of the lab, I work at Roper St. Francis Hospital and take classes at Trident Technical College. When I am not at school or work, I enjoy learning to speak Spanish, traveling, drawing and sculpting, as well as taking my beagle, Riggs, to the dog park.

Past Team Members

Madison Patrick

Dominique Williams

Ali Darkazalli

Menny Benjamin

Michaela Palmer