Kimberly Fiock will give an introduction to brain diseases. She will cover the normal appearance of the brain and the cells inside it before showing you what disease actually looks like and revealing how pathologists use the disease’s clues to solve the diagnosis.
Kimberly Fiock (@thepathphd) is an Experimental Pathology PhD student at the University of Iowa. She has a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology and recently completed her M.S. in Pathology. Kimberly uses human stem cells to answer questions about how the tau protein contributes to the growth of healthy neurons in fetal brain development. As we age, tau can misfold and clump into aggregates that overwhelm the cell, leading to cell death. Ultimately, this process contributes to cognitive decline in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. As she continues in her PhD, Kimberly will work to better address what causes tau to act differently in development and disease, as well as how those differences can be used to create targeted therapeutics. In addition to her research, Kimberly assists with the Iowa NeuroBank Core, a brain tissue and stem cell repository at the University of Iowa. When she's not in the lab, Kimberly loves crafting, spending time with her cats, and traveling with her fiancé!