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Shanna Roddy, OMS II


Shannan Roddy grew up in Riverside, CA and entered the US Army in 2000. After serving in S. Korea and Fort Hood, TX, she left the Army and attended community college to earn an AA degree in General Studies. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Neuroscience. She then went on to earn a MS in Medical Physiology with an Area of Concentration in Clinical Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Shannan’s research experience includes investigation of the role of tpx2 protein in driving neuronal cell differentiation with Primary Investigator, Dr. Wange Lu at the Broad CIRM Center at USC. More recently, as a Biomedical and Clinical Research Track student at WesternU COMP-NW, Shannan has been working with Dr. Glen Kisby to characterize and study in vitro human neural progenitor cell derived models of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
As a Navy HPSP Scholarship Student, Shannan hopes to specialize in neurosurgery and continue researching neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease as well as different forms of brain cancer.