Rachel NolanRacel Nolan
Graduate Student
E-mail: ran54@drexel.edu

Rachel is an MD/PhD student currently working on her neuroscience doctorate in the Meucci lab.  She studied cognitive neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, and became interested in immunology and neurodegeneration during her medical school studies.  She would like to investigate how chemokines interact with neurotransmitter systems in order to study how inflammatory states influence cognition and behavior.   She is currently studying neuroimmune cross-talk between the dopaminergic and CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling systems in the prefrontal cortex, and how disruption of these mechanisms relates to cognitive impairment in neuroAIDS.