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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Kelsey Smith

PhD Student in Nutrition

kelsey smith

Kelsey Smith

PhD Student in Nutrition

Education: 
BS, Animal Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MS, Animal Sciences University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Research synopsis: 

My research focuses on the role of the intestinal microbiome in the development of an age-related macular degeneration phenotype (AMDf) in aged mice fed a high or low glycemic index diet. We use antibiotic ablation and fecal microbiota transplants to manipulate the intestinal microbiome, and we will be evaluating the effects of this manipulation on the eyes and other tissues using histological, biochemical, immunohistochemical, and metabolomics analyses.

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