Kristen Onos, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Studying how different genetic backgrounds and experience mediate disease onset, disease progression and resiliency.

I currently hold a joint postdoc appointment with Drs. Gareth Howell and Stacey Sukoff Rizzo. My research in the Howell lab allows me to expand my graduate work on memory systems into clinically relevant models of Alzheimer’s disease. I am specifically interested in how genetic context interacts with Alzheimer’s mutations in order to mediate disease onset, disease progression and resiliency.

 My role within the MODEL-AD center ( is with the Preclinical Testing core co-led by Dr. Stacey Sukoff Rizzo and Dr. Paul Territo (IU).  We aim to test therapeutic compounds nominated by the research community in newly generated late-onset Alzheimer’s mouse models. 

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Grants, honors and accomplishments

July 2017                                     Selected as Maine Alfond Leader

May 2017                                     IBANGS Travel Award

September 2016 - current          Nathan Shock Center of Excellence Project Pilot Award, National Institute on Aging

"Investigating the complex interactions between APOE and TREM2, the major genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease"

March 2014 - March 2016          T-32 Developmental Genetics Award

"Understanding cell-specific role of Bin1 in development, aging and Alzheimer's disease"