caitlin donahue and a professor conducting research
By Roanoke College News

Joy from challenge, tenacity in Alzheimer’s research

"Research was one of the best experiences I had at Roanoke College and taught me numerous lessons," Caitlin Donahue '17 said. "I found my passion in research but also experienced frustration. Troubleshooting an experiment and determining the reason for a failure provides an extreme sense of accomplishment and happiness."

In Dr. Richard Keithley's lab, Donahue worked on developing a method to monitor glutamate, which is a neurotransmitter related to Alzheimer's disease. "I learned how to present my research and myself to the larger scientific community by participating in research conferences," she said.