Andrew Merluzzi

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N&PP Candidate

Advisor: Barbara Bendlin

Research Description: I'm investigating how novel diffusion-weighted brain imaging techniques can lead to the detection of Alzheimer's disease.  Specifically, I am utilizing Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging to assess how microstructural features of dendrites and axons change with age and are influenced by risk of Alzheimer's.  In addition, I am studying how cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers correlate with brain imaging data.  Ultimately, my goal is to determine the utility of novel biomarkers in predicting brain pathology early in life, before symptoms of cognitive decline occur.