Alyssa Easton

PhD Student (co-advised with Abbie Schindler at VA Puget Sound)

I am a Molecular Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. Originally from Indiana, I graduated from Purdue University in 2022 with a B.S. in Biological Engineering. There, I studied gene dysregulation in aging photoreceptors with Dr. Hana Hall. I also interned with the SIBYLS Beamline at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to validate AI-predicted protein structures using Small Angle X-Ray Scattering. I have joined the Gibbons lab at the ISB and the Schindler Lab at VA Puget Sound to study the gut-brain axis during aging and disease. I am using multi-’omic based computational biology to better understand the relationships between brain trauma, inflammation, the gut microbiome, and neurodegenerative disease. I hope to uncover molecular mechanisms driving accelerated aging after traumatic brain injury.

I spend my free time singing, climbing, doing yoga, reading, playing with my cat Goose, and exploring cafés around Seattle.