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Frankie D. Heyward

Frankie D. Heyward Neuroscience Graduate Program
Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Bldg, 1074
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-6433
Fax: (205) 934-6571
E-mail: Frankieh@uab.edu


I received my Bachelor of Arts in both Biology and Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2009, where I completed a senior thesis research project while in Dr. Jeffrey Rosen's Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory. Throughout the course of this project I elucidated the neurophysiological substrate of innate rodent fear to fox odor. In 2009 I began my graduate career as a student in UAB's Neuroscience Graduate Program, and I joined the Laboratory of Dr. David Sweatt in 2010. I am currently a PhD Candidate, and my dissertation research involves my elucidating the molecular mechanism by which diet-induced obesity impairs hippocampus-dependent memory.

Publications

  • Heyward FD, Walton RG, Carle MS, Coleman MA, Garvey WT, Sweatt JD. Adult mice maintained on a high-fat diet exhibit object location memory deficits and reduced hippocampal SIRT1 gene expression. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2012 Jul;98(1):25-32. [PMID: 22542746] [PMCID: PMC3389577]

Posters

  • Heyward, F. D., Sweatt, J. D. (2009, November). DNA Methylation Regulates Hippocampal Place-cell firing. Poster presentation at UAB during a graduate student research seminar.
  • Heyward, F. D., Cowell, R. (2010, February). Resveratrol as a Potential Mediator of Neuronal PGC-1α. Poster presentation at UAB during a graduate student research seminar.
  • Heyward, F. D., Sweatt, J. D. (2010, May). High-Fat Diet causes Epigenetic Aberrations in the Hippocampus. Poster presentation at UAB during a graduate student research seminar.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL105349 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 08/01/2011 –
Mentor(s): Timothy Garvey, M.D.(Primary Mentor); David Sweatt, Ph.D.; Inga Kadish, PhD; Richard Kennedy, PhD