Name: Aleisha M. Moore
Mentor: Michael Lehman
Academic Affiliation: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Aleisha began her career in neuroendocrinology as a postgraduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Campbell at the Center for Neuroendocrinology, University of Otago, New Zealand. Aleisha developed a strong interest in how the brain controls fertility and gained a first class Honors degree and PhD dissecting changes in the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neuronal network in a mouse model of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). During her PhD, Aleisha published high impact papers, received the Physiological Society of New Zealand’s John Hubbard Memorial Prize for Excellence in Studies toward a PhD and was placed on the Division of Health Sciences list of Exceptional PhD Thesis. Following the completion of her PhD, Aleisha worked in the laboratory of Professor Allan Herbison investigating the morphology of the unique GnRH neuron “Dendron”. In 2016, Aleisha moved to the United States to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Michael Lehman at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her current work involves the use of cutting-edge techniques in multiple animal models to visualize the Kisspeptin/Neurokinin B/Dynorphin (KNDy) neuronal population and to investigate changes in the KNDy network that may lead to the development of PCOS.