Dr. Jessica Fortin
Dr. Jessica Fortin joined the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation as an assistant professor and researcher at Michigan State University in August 2018. She has several years of experience in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology academic research. Her academic interests are in drug discovery and development, protein folding disorders, neuropathology, and neurotoxicology. Her research areas are:
•Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes,
•Neurotoxicity and Dysfunction in Basal Ganglia DA Pathways,
•Diagnostic Investigation ̶ Beyond Conventional Approaches: Protein Folding Disorders.
Thomas Thompson is a chemistry major going into his junior year at MSU. He plans on going to graduate school to pursue a PhD in chemistry.
Thomas E. Wineland
Thomas is a chemistry undergraduate student at MSU. He works on the synthesis of small molecules to abrogate the aggregation of IAPP. He has a special interest in dermatology.
Shane A. Johnson
Shane is a chemistry undergraduate student at MSU. He works on a new family of small molecule inhibitors of Tau and alpha-synuclein aggregation. He has special interests in medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, and organometallic chemistry.
Ashley is a senior veterinary medicine student at MSU. She is involved in horse and wildlife projects, working with tissue samples and bioinformatics. She also assists with manuscript preparation. In 2018, she graduated in Neuroscience and Zoology and Animal Biology (dual-degree program). She has a special interest for zoo and wildlife animals. She would like to specialize in zoo and wildlife medicine.
Hannah is a junior veterinary medicine student at MSU. She works on the zoo and wildlife animal projects, helping with bioinformatics, biophysical assays, and manuscript preparation. In 2019, she graduated in Zoology and Microbiology (dual-degree program). She would like to specialize in zoo and wildlife medicine.
Kelsey E. Duggan
Kelsey is a junior veterinary medicine student at MSU. She assists with the screening of small molecules in the drug discovery Alzheimer’s disease project. She has previous experience in drug discovery research using animal models.
Hailey B. Penticoff
Hailey is a junior veterinary medicine student at MSU. She works on the wildlife project, helping the team with literature review and manuscript preparation. In 2018, she graduated in Zoology with minors in Animal Science and Chemistry. She has previous experience with molecular biology and primary astrocyte cell cultures. She has a special interest in zoo and wildlife animals.
Patrick M. Ambs
Max is double majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science at Kalamazoo College. He is a member of the Varsity swim team. During summer 2020, he will be helping with the diabetes drug discovery manuscript preparation.
Laken N. Rivet
Laken is a senior student in the Biology program at Kalamazoo College. During summer 2020, she will be helping with the alpha-synuclein drug discovery manuscript preparation.
Opus (nickname "des puces") is a 4-year-old male Siamese and loves playing fetch (yes, he brings it back!). Abyssinian, Siamese, and Oriental cats are more prone to AA amyloidosis. Opus is the official mascot of the Fortin Drug Discovery Lab!