Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown UniversityBiography
Dr. Alexandra Taraboletti is a postdoctoral fellow training in the Tumor Biology program funded through a T32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Taraboletti received her PhD from the University of Akron in Chemistry where she used mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to investigate models neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis and myelin biology. In Dr. Fornace's lab, Alexandra applies metabolomics to assess biomarkers in easily accessible fluids following radiation injury. Specifically, she has worked on a new technology development for metabolomic-based biodosimetry, and is exploring protection methods to counter the negative impact of radiation in the brain. She uses a cell culture model of the myelin producing oligodendrocyte cell to examine in vitro effects of radiation. She is currently testing the use of dimethyl fumarate as a neuroprotectant against radiation injury. At Georgetown, Dr. Taraboletti is a Co-Chair for the Georgetown Postdoc Association - an establishment that acts to foster camaraderie and organize career development activities specifically geared towards postdocs. Her work with the Georgetown Postdoc Association has led to the developing stages of a new workshop series she hope to develop. The series hopes to foster teaching/higher education skills in interested graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Taraboletti, also has a passion for visual science communication, and applies her skills at the graphical editor and illustrator for The POSTDOCket (the newsletter of the National Postdoctoral Association). She is an avid artist, and is always looking to grow in the bourgeoning field of #sciart.