Andrea Salvador

I am a second-year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UVA. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in molecular biology from the University of the Philippines.  Neuro-immune interactions have been well-documented in both physiological and pathological conditions. Immune cell-derived molecules have been previously shown to influence behavior and cognition in mice. However, it is unclear as to how the nervous system receives, processes, and encodes the information from the immune system. As a graduate student in the Kipnis lab, I am specifically looking at orexin neurons to see if their cytokine receptor profile makes them more vulnerable to immune attack. In order to address this problem, we are using single-cell RNA sequencing, mouse genetics, and behavior.