Undergraduate education

University of Arizona - BS (2009)

Years in MSTP



Neuroscience, 2016


Barbara Bendlin, PhD

Thesis title

Associations between metabolic risk factors and indicators for Alzheimer's Disease pathology in a middle aged cognitively health cohort


Radiology, University of Arizona–Tucson, 2019-

Current position

Resident, Department of Radiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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PhD publications

Hoscheidt SM, Starks EJ, Oh JM, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Krause RA, Gleason CE, Puglielli L, Atwood CS, Carlsson CM, Asthana S, Johnson SC, Bendlin BB. Insulin Resistance is Associated with Increased Alzheimer's Disease Pathology and Reduced Memory Function in At-Risk Healthy Middle-Aged Adults. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Apr 12;52(4):1373-83. PMID: 27079723; PMCID: PMC5066305.

Starks EJ, O'Grady JP, Hoscheidt SM, Racine AM, Carlsson CM, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Okonkwo OC, Puglielli L, Asthana S, Dowling NM, Gleason CE, Anderson RM, Davenport-Sis NJ, DeRungs LM, Sager MA, Johnson SC, Bendlin BB. Insulin Resistance is Associated with Higher Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau Levels in Asymptomatic APOE ε4 Carriers. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015 May 30;46(2):525-33. PMID: 25812851; PMCID: PMC4583335.

Starks EJ, O'Grady J, Racine AM, Dowling M, Zetterberg H, Gleason C, Carlsson CM, Sager MA, Blennow K, DeRungs L, Davenport N, Okonkwo O, Asthana S, Johnson S, Anderson R, Bendlin BB. Insulin resistance and central obesity in APOE4 carriers are associated with increases in cerebral spinal fluid phosphorylated tau. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 2014 Jul;10(4):P259.

Willette AA, Bendlin BB, Starks EJ, Birdsill AC, Johnson SC, Christian BT, Okonkwo OC, La Rue A, Hermann BP, Koscik RL, Jonaitis EM, Sager MA, Asthana S. Association of Insulin Resistance With Cerebral Glucose Uptake in Late Middle-Aged Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Jul 27. 2015 Sep 1;72(9):1013-1020. PMID: 26214150; PMCID: PMC4570876.

Barzgari A, Sojkova J, Maritza Dowling N, Pozorski V, Okonkwo OC, Starks EJ, Oh J, Thiesen F, Wey A, Nicholas CR, Johnson S, Gallagher CL. Arterial spin labeling reveals relationships between resting cerebral perfusion and motor learning in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019 Jun;13(3):577-587. PMID: 29744796; PMCID: PMC6226370.