Audrey Winkelsas

Research Challenge Alumni

Recorded February, 2021

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Audrey recently completed her doctoral studies in the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. As an NIH-Oxford student, she investigated neurological disease mechanisms and therapeutics. As an undergraduate, Audrey majored in biochemistry at the University of Miami. During her undergraduate career, Audrey was involved in research at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Scripps Research Institute. This summer, she will begin medical school and plans to be a physician-scientist. Audrey has spinal muscular atrophy.

Her academic achievements earned her induction into Phi Beta Kappa, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and the David G. Anderson Prize, presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior in biochemistry at the University of Miami. In her doctoral work, she investigated RNA-based therapeutics for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Audrey has Type II SMA.