Dr. Fitzakerley is an auditory neuroscientist who investigates the physiological role of natriuretic peptides. View her lab page here. She is the Duluth Campus Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Brain Awareness Program and the Minnesota State Brain Bee.
Our lab investigates the role of natriuretic peptides in hearing, and in hypertension. Natriuretic peptides function as both local and systemic hormones, and they are involved in the regulation of fluid balance in many regions of the body. We are currently funded to investigate the changes in natriuretic peptide expression and function that occur in the heart during the earliest stages of hypertension. We also have a long-standing interest in determining the function of natiruretic peptides in the cochlea.Brain Awareness Brain Bee