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Biochemistry Professor Receives $300,000 Award to Study Cells Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes

June 2018

Spelman Faculty Tameka ClemonsTameka Clemons, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry, received a three-year research grant totaling $299,731 from the National Science Foundation to research how to prevent Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 5.5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s and about 29.1 million people have diabetes. In her project, “Probing inter-compartmental cross-talk between redox and amylin signaling networks,”

Dr. Clemons will study two different proteins known to have a role in preventing or delaying certain types of cell death, which can contribute to a person developing Alzheimer’s disease or Type 2 diabetes. With disease prevention as the goal, her research seeks to better understand the relationship of the two proteins to delaying cell damage.

“Identifying whether communication occurs between the two proteins can provide insight into the process of cell death, which is beneficial to understanding the diseases at the cellular level,” said Dr. Clemons. Read more.