Aja Mcdonagh

Doctoral student
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Aja is a Ph.D. candidate in the Integrative Neuroscience Program and is a member of Dr. Alexander van der Linden’s Lab, having started in Fall 2016. She is interested in neural regulation of sleep, metabolism and feeding behavior. Her research focuses on the role of diet in the link between sleep disorders and metabolic syndromes.


  • B.S. Neuroscience, University of Nevada, Reno 2016

Selected publications

  • Gruner M, Grubbs J, McDonagh A, Winbush A, and van der Linden AM (2016) Cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous regulation of a feeding state-dependent chemoreceptor gene via MEF-2 and bHLH transcription factors. PLoS Genetics, Aug 3;12(8): e1006237