Catherine Cook Kaczorowski, Ph.D., a neuroscientist who works to identify early causative events that underlie cognitive deficits associated with normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, has been appointed a Jackson Laboratory assistant professor.
Kaczorowski’s research seeks to identify and understand how genetic factors and misregulated membrane proteins in the hippocampus of aging and AD mouse models alter hippocampal neuron excitability, functional connectivity of hippocampal neural networks, and memory. She uses multidisciplinary approaches that combine systems genetics with innovative high-resolution and high-throughput membrane proteomics, viral-based gene transduction approaches, behavioral assays, in vitro brain slice electrophysiology and in vivo electrophysiological recordings in freely behaving mice.
She joins the JAX faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where she was an assistant professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology. After earning her B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, she obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience, followed by postdoctoral appointments at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin.