Alexis Crockett of Macedonia has been named a 2016 Churchill Scholar. The Winston Churchill Foundation awards 15 scholarships annually to graduating seniors to support one year of graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Crockett is an honors student at The Ohio State Unviersity who has investigated the effects of the antidepressant ketanserin on chronic neuroinflammation, a potential contributor to Major Depressive Disorder. Crockett's previous lab work culminated in a presentation at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting and co-authorship on two publications in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. Last summer, she conducted research as an intern at the Friederich Alexander Universitt in Erlangen, Germany. An Eminence Fellow and 2015 Goldwater Scholar, Crockett is active on campus and in the Columbus community, including volunteering at the Columbus Alzheimer Care Center.
After obtaining a PhD in neuroscience, she plans to seek a faculty position at a research university to study the pathophysiology of depression and contribute to the development of more effective antidepressants.