Emily Boyd

  • Research Assistant, Ayata Lab, Neuroscience Initiative

Ms. Boyd is a research assistant under the direction of Dr. Pinar Ayata. Her primary duties consist of designing and executing experiments that focus on the cellular and epigenetic mechanisms of neurodegeneration in mice. Prior to joining ASRC, Ms. Boyd conducted graduate-level research for one year at Columbia University where she completed a master’s thesis on disordered eating behaviors in correlation with changes in cortical thickness and gray matter volumes in the brain. She holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

Emily is interested in studying the epigenetic status changes of high-fat diets on microglial function and cellular metabolism in mouse models.


N. Abdo, E. Boyd, S. Baboumian, S. P. Pantazatos, A. Geliebter. Relationship between Binge Eating and Associated Eating Behaviors with Subcortical Brain Volumes and Cortical Thickness. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2020, 274, 1201–1205. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.10.032.