Makenzie Scanlon is the third of five awardees of the 2018 Hutcheson Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. Makenzie is majoring in Chemistry, and is working in the John Lukens Lab during the Summer. In the Lukens Lab, she has been investigating how spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) shapes neuroimmune responses in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) animal model of multiple sclerosis. Her research is specifically aimed at understanding how SYK signaling in neutrophils and macrophages contributes to demyelinating neuroinflammatory disease in this model of multiple sclerosis. Makenzie’s overall research interests are primarily focused on the continued study of the roles of neutrophils and macrophages in multiple sclerosis and in other autoimmune disorders.
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