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

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

Thesis Advisor: Michael Georgieff, M.D.

MSTP Student Governance:

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

Thesis Research

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


For 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.