The Cortes Lab (Duke University, Summer 2019)

The Cortes lab (Dr. Cortes, seated, middle) at the Duke Center of Neurodegeneration and Neurotherapeutics.

Our lab is interested in understanding how our brain ages, and in particular, how it ages as an integrated part of a physiological system. We take a cutting edge approach to understanding brain plasticity and brain aging, examining how distant tissues such as skeletal muscle may be fundamentally influencing the rate at which our brain ages. Importantly, as these conversations may be disrupted in age-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, we aim to uncover and develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics for these disorders.

Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at UAB


04/29/2022 – Congratulations to our trainee Megan McGraw for graduating with high distinguished honors from the Scitech honors program and from the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Accelerated Bachelors/Masters in Multidisciplinary Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience!

04/28/2022 – Congratulations to our Master’s student Dalton Patterson for receiving first place in the MSMBS 3MT competition!

04/20/2022 – The first research article pre-print for the Cortes lab is now live on BioRxiv!

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