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Jennifer Thies

Biological Sciences

Jennifer Thies is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is originally from a small town just outside of Buffalo in New York state. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Gannon University in Pennsylvania while playing basketball and staying involved in numerous academic honor societies.

At The University of Alabama, Jennie works in a The Caldwell Lab; a biomedical research lab focused on neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Her dissertation project focus on Parkinson’s Disease and how the environment contributors to disease development.

During her first few years at the university, Jennie held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) for introductory biology labs, but now she is supported on an NIH Diversity Fellowship. Jennie is very active in her department and in her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.