Amanda K. Barks

U of MN MSTP student Amanda Barks


Entering Class:


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Evolutionary Anthropology major, Biology minor
B.S., 2012

University of Minnesota
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2020

Honors and Awards: 

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, 2017-2021

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2016-18
  • Student Admissions Committee 2015-2018

Thesis Advisor: Michael Georgieff, M.D.

Thesis Research

Effects of early-life iron deficiency on long term neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Publications (pubmed)

Barks AK, Beeson MM, Hallstrom TC, Georgieff MK, Tran PV. Developmental iron deficiency dysregulates TET activity and DNA hydroxymethylation in the rat hippocampus and cerebellum. Dev Neurosci. 2022 Jan 11. Online ahead of print.

Barks AK, Liu SX, Georgieff MK, Hallstrom TC, Tran PV. Early-Life Iron Deficiency Anemia Programs the Hippocampal Epigenomic Landscape. Nutrients. 2021 Oct 28;13(11):3857. PMCID: PMC8623089

Cusick SE, Barks A, Georgieff MK. Nutrition and Brain Development. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2021 Oct 8. Online ahead of print.

Barks AK, Beeson MM, Matveeva T, Gale JJ, Rao R, Tran PV. Perinatal Ischemia Alters Global Expression of Synaptosomal Proteins Critical for Neural Plasticity in the Developing Mouse Brain. Dev Neurosci. 2019 Jun 17:1-13.

Dou JF, Farooqui Z, Faulk CD, Barks AK, Jones T, Dolinoy DC, Bakulski KM. Perinatal Lead (Pb) Exposure and Cortical Neuron-Specific DNA Methylation in Male Mice. Genes (Basel). 2019 Apr 4;10(4). pii: E274. PMCID: PMC6523909

Barks A, Hall AM, Tran PV, Georgieff MK. Iron as a model nutrient for understanding the nutritional origins of neuropsychiatric disease. Pediatr Res. 2019 Jan;85(2):176-182. Review. PMCID: PMC6353667

Barks A, Fretham SJB, Georgieff MK, Tran PV. Early-Life Neuronal-Specific Iron Deficiency Alters the Adult Mouse Hippocampal Transcriptome. J Nutr. 2018 Oct 1;148(10):1521-1528. PMCID: PMC625879

Work prior to the UMN MSTP:

Faulk C, Barks A, Sánchez BN, Zhang Z, Anderson OS, Peterson KE, Dolinoy DC. Perinatal Lead (Pb) Exposure Results in Sex-Specific Effects on Food Intake, Fat, Weight, and Insulin Response across the Murine Life-Course. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 8;9(8):e104273. PMCID: PMC4126699

Faulk C, Liu K, Barks A, Goodrich JM, Dolinoy DC. Longitudinal epigenetic drift in mice perinatally exposed to lead. Epigenetics. 2014 Jul;9(7):933-41. PMCID: PMC4143408 

Faulk C, Barks A, Liu K, Goodrich JM, Dolinoy DC. Early-life lead exposure results in dose- and sex-specific effects on weight and epigenetic gene regulation in weanling mice. Epigenomics. 2013 Oct;5(5):487-500. doi: 10.2217/epi.13.49. PMCID: PMC3873735

Faulk C, Barks A, Dolinoy DC. Phylogenetic and DNA methylation analysis reveal novel regions of variable methylation in the mouse IAP class of transposons. BMC Genomics. 2013 Jan 23;14:48. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-48. PMCID: PMC3556122

Shellhaas RA, Barks AK. Impact of amplitude-integrated electroencephalograms on clinical care for neonates with seizures. Pediatr Neurol. 2012 Jan;46(1):32-5. PMCID: PMC3246404

Shellhaas RA, Barks AK, Joshi SM. Prevalence and risk factors for vitamin D insufficiency among children with epilepsy. Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Jun;42(6):422-6. PMCID: PMC20472195

Weidenhof B, Reiser M, Stöwe K, Maier WF, Kim M, Azurdia J, Gulari E, Sekkers E, Barks A, Laine RM. High Throughput Screening of Nanoparticle Catalysts Made by Flame Spray Pyrolysis as Hydrocarbon/NO Oxidation Catalysts; Active, Pt free catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2009;131(26): 9207-19.