Curing Her Own Disease

October 30, 2020
Allison Taylor

Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-MarieTooth disease, commonly known as CMT, Allison Taylor (’20), who earned her biology degree this spring, has dedicated her life to researching a cure. The most frequently inherited peripheral neuropathy disease, CMT leads to muscular and sensory degeneration. In her quest to better understand CMT, Taylor took part in the UNT PHAGES program as a freshman and then participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates the next summer. At Mississippi State University that summer, she studied the evolution of gap junction beta proteins. During her junior year, she joined neuroscience professor Jannon Fuchs’ research group and began the work for her honors thesis, which centered around the Schwann Cells and their role in CMT. After graduation, Taylor joined the Neuroscience Postbaccalaureate Initiative at Oregon Health and Science University