MS in Patent Law, The University of Norte Dame du Lac, May 2016 (expected)
Brittany received her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences with and emphasis in Neuroscience from The University of Florida. She received a dual bachelor’s of art in biology and chemistry from The University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Brittany’s doctoral research titled “Alpha-synuclein Overexpression Modulates Dopamine Neurotransmission via a DAT-dependent Mechanism” focused on elucidating the functional consequences resulting from protein-protein interactions related to psychostimulant abuse and Parkinson’s disease. Brittany is highly skilled in cellular and molecular aspects of neuroscience. She commonly used techniques such as fixed and live-cell fluorescent microscopy and immunoassays. While at UF, Brittany was awarded an Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute Fellowship to fund her dissertation research. Brittany was a member of several scientific organizations including The Society for Neuroscience and the North Central Florida Chapter of SfN where she served as Brain Awareness Week Coordinator. She facilitated gathering student and faculty volunteers to educate more than 3,000 K-12 students in the Gainesville area about how the brain using presentations and hands-on activities. Brittany also served as Chapter Representative to the national organization to ensure that the local chapter abided by the national rules and regulation. Brittany was also a research assistant for the Digital Health and Health Equity program at UF that focused on diversifying mobile health technology to decrease socioeconomic gaps.
Butler B., Gamble-George J., Prins P., North A., Mukul M., Clarke J.T., Khoshbouei H. Chronic Methamphetamine Increases Alpha-Synuclein Protein Levels In The Striatum And Hippocampus But Not In The Cortex Of Juvenile Mice. Journal of Addiction and Prevention. 2014
Butler B. Saha K. Khoshbouei H. ?-synuclein regulation of dopamine transporter. Translational Neuroscience. 2012
Saha K., Sambo D., Richardson B., Lin M., Butler B., Villarroel L., Khoshbouei H. Intracellular Methamphetamine Prevents the Dopamine-induced Enhancement of Neuronal Firing. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2014
North.A, Swant, J., Salvatore, M.F., Gamble-George, J., Prins, P., Butler, B., Mittal, M.K., Heltsley, R., Clark, J.T., Khoshbouei, H. Chronic Methamphetamine Exposure Produces a Delayed, long lasting Memory Deficit. Synapse 2012
Butler B., Saha K., Becker J., Sambo D., Davari P., Khoshbouei K. Dopamine Transporter Activity Is Modulated by ?-synuclein. Manuscript in Preparation.
Butler B., Sasha, K., Min L., Coleman J., Giasson B., Golde T., Khoshbouei H. Alpha-synuclein Elevation Shapes Dopamine Neurotransmission via a DAT-dependent Mechanism. Manuscript in Preparation.