Anna Gillespie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of WashingtonAnna Gillespie’s website

Anna Gillespie is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She earned her B.S. in biology from Stanford University in 2010 and received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2015. During her graduate work in Yadong Huang’s lab at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, Gillespie identified abnormalities in hippocampal network activity caused by apolipoprotein E4, the major genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. She completed her postdoctoral training as a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Loren Frank at UCSF, where she gained experience with in vivo electrophysiology, developed memory-dependent tasks for rats and contributed to computational approaches for neural data analysis. The Gillespie lab combines these approaches to study how the neural mechanisms underlying memory processes degrade over the course of healthy aging and in the context of neurodegenerative disease and to develop novel interventional tools to preserve cognitive ability over one’s lifespan.

Current Project:
Linking molecules, circuits and behavior to promote plasticity and memory in the aging brain

Awarded Grant(s)

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