I am a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Orie Shafer in the neuroscience initiative. My work focuses on the understanding of molecular clocks in glial subtypes and how glial clocks control physiology and behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. I did my PhD research in the laboratory of Dr. Don van Meyel at McGill University, Canada where I studied how different glial subtypes develop and mature in the brain and how these glial subtypes control behavior using Drosophila as a model organism.
I am passionate about writing and mentoring. Outside of the lab, I teach, volunteer, and mentor young adults and write science stories to lay audiences on my blog. I am an avid reader of history, politics, and philosophy and I enjoy dancing.
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Non-neuronal expression of SARS-CoV-2 entry genes in the olfactory system suggests mechanisms underlying COVID-19-associated anosmia
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Great question, Liam. Many people have recovered from COVID-19 associated anosmia but we don’t have numbers on what proportion.
How this recovery relates to ACE2 expression in NE cell types is a pressing question. Please see the Author’s response to question 1. Knowing that COVID19 mostly affects support cells and stem cells, to what extent these cells are damaged in patients and how they regenerate after the viral assault will directly address your question. Unfortunately, no such report is available as of yet.
Also, it remains to be identified whether COVID patients develop permanent anosmia.
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