PhD: Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Case Western Reserve University
BA: Biochemistry, Connecticut College
Assistant Professor: Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Training: Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Dr. Eckman is the Director of Preclinical Research at MANA. She earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, where her research focused on novel methods for delivering therapeutic genes and proteins to the epithelial tissues affected by Cystic Fibrosis. She expanded her training into Neuroscience, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic in 2003. Dr. Eckman is well-known for her cutting-edge research in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). She continues to research the role of Abeta degradation in AD, as well as the potential of cholinergic agonists to stimulate adult neurogenesis in the regions of the brain most affected by the disease.
Dr. Eckman also now leverages her diverse and extensive research experience to many areas and projects related to neonatology. For example, she participates on studies to uncover biomarkers of neonatal brain injury and neonatal liver disease, she leads projects investigating neonatal brain ischemia, intraventricular hemorrhage and necrotizing enterocolitis, and she assists with studies to determine whether prenatal stress is associated with altered depressive behavior.