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Constance Harrell

Current Status: GRAD

Graduate Department: Neuroscience

Other Degrees: BA in International Relations, Pomona College;   Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate, Agnes Scott College;  

Advisor(s): Gretchen Neigh, PhD;

Hometown: Atlanta, GA


I am a team lead instructor for Operation Boot Camp, and also enjoy marathon and adventure running, triathlons, and Crossfit.  I love to travel; during my time at Emory I've been to Haiti four times in partnership with Project Medishare for Haiti, both as part of medical mission trips as well as research oriented trips (though of course I travel unrelated to school, too!).  I mentor and teach with the Pipeline Program, which brings together high school students from a local under-privileged high-school with undergraduates and medical/graduate students for an afterschool science program.  I ride a motorcycle and enjoy wandering the city and countryside on that. I love good food and drink, and exploring Atlanta's fantastic restaurant scene.  My dogs are the best, and at the end of the day, I love a good crossword or other sort of puzzle, too!


My work investigates environmental influences on hippocampal glucose transport and cognitive behavior in rats.  In particular, I focus on the effects of high-fructose diet and adolescent stress, which interfere with insulin signaling and glucose transport both peripherally and in the central nervous system.  I additionally consider the effects of estrogen and the estrous cycle on glucose transport.  Our lab seeks to understand how these factors affect metabolism at a fundamental cellular level, and how in turn alterations in metabolism can alter cognitive function.

Leadership in MD/PhD Program: Southeast Medical Scientist Symposium Committee

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