Naomi Sayre, Ph.D.




Naomi Sayre, PhD

Assistant Professor

Personal Statement:

Dr. Sayre became interested in biomedical research while attending the University of Rochester in New York. After she graduated with her undergraduate degree in biology, she went on to earn her Ph.D. from Tufts School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. She received extensive laboratory training from Dr. Laura Liscum over several sophisticated techniques necessary to the study of lipids. Her dissertation focused on Niemann–Pick Type C, a neurodegenerative disease caused by the lysosomal storage of cholesterol. After developing an interest in the role that lipids play in the pathology of the nervous system, Dr. Sayre initiated her post-doctoral studies in Dr. James Lechleiter’s laboratory at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her American Heart Association-funded postdoctoral fellowship trained Dr. Sayre in the fields of brain metabolism, stroke models, traumatic brain injury models, and in vivo optical brain imaging.

Dr. Sayre is cross-appointed to the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, and is a faculty member of Neuroscience and Biology of Aging Disciplines for the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program. Dr. Sayre is also appointed as a Research Health Scientist at South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System.


B.A. Biology, University of Rochester, NY
Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Physiology, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, MA


Confocal imaging, histology/immunohistochemistry, in vivo optical imaging, lipid biochemistry, mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, mouse behavior, rodent stereotaxic surgery, photothrombotic stroke, middle cerebral artery occlusion, protein biochemistry, rodent husbandry, traumatic brain injury

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