Barshop Institute

Angela Olson Dorigatti

Graduate Student

Personal Statement:

Ph.D. IBMS Biology of Aging

Lab Association:
Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.



B.S. in Biology
Texas Tech University

Associate Degree in Art and Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Washington County


Angela’s scientific focus is on Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration, cellular senescence, and aging. Her current work has revealed tau as a driver cellular senescence in astrocytes, and how this tau-induced astrocyte senescence may be a novel mechanism driving neuroinflammation and neuronal dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery may lead to potential therapeutic interventions using senolytics and senomorphics to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Awards & Accomplishments

2020 Poster Award, Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium
2020 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Washington Fellow
2019 Data Blitz 1st Place, American Aging Association
2019 Travel Award, American Aging Association
2019 Poster Award, OK Nathan Shock Center for Geroscience Symposium
2019 Travel Award, OK Nathan Shock Center for Geroscience Symposium
2019 Poster Award, South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference
2018 Travel Award, American Aging Association
2018 American Physiological Society APSselect Award
2017 Steunebrink Scholarship
2017- 2020 T32 NIA Biology of Aging Training Grant
2017 UTHSCSA Endowed Students Scholarship
2017 Poster Award, Barshop Student Day
2016 Bennie W. Schreck Scholarship


Van Skike, C. E.*, J. B. Jahrling*, A. B. Olson, N. L. Sayre, S. A. Hussong, Z. I. Ungvari, J. D. Lechleiter and V. Galvan (2017). “Inhibition of mTOR protects the blood-brain barrier in models of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment.” Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. *denotes equal contribution **Received the American Physiological Society APSselect Award Feb. 2018.