Rachel Shrode is a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology PhD student
Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Current IGPI* student Rachel Shrode has been honored with the National Institutes of Health F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award to support her studies in bioinformatics and computational biology. The award provides predoctoral students with mentored training in health-related fields to aid them in their dissertation research.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects nearly 2.3. million people worldwide, with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis making up 85% of these cases. The specific causes of MS have not been identified; however, the oral microbiome and metabolome have expanded the understanding of other neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases.

Shrode’s research will investigate the oral microbiome and metabolome in patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in order to develop a better understanding of Multiple Sclerosis and potentially develop microbial-based therapies in the future.

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