Heather Ferris

Ferris, Heather

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Medicine: Endocrinology and Metabolism

Education

  • PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
  • MD, University of Virginia
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Clinical Fellowship, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Contact Information

UVA Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, PO Box 801406
MR 4, Room 6012
Charlottesville, VA 22908-1406
Telephone: 434.924.5472
Email: hf4f@virginia.edu
Website: https://med.virginia.edu/neuroscience/ferris-lab/

Research Interests

The Role of Diabetes in Cognitive Decline

Research Description

People living with Type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Our research uses both cell and animal models to study the impact of diabetes on the brain. In particular, we are interested in:


1. How insulin regulates cholesterol synthesis in the different cell types of the brain and how this impacts brain energetics and function.
2. The potential role of oxidized cholesterol species as signaling molecules in the brain in diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
3. Understanding the role of insulin in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.

Selected Publications