University of Alaska Anchorage - M.S. in Biological Sciences, Aug 2014
University of Alaska Anchorage - B.S. in Natural Sciences, Dec 2010. Cum Laude.
Born and raised in rural Alaska, Savannah attended the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Natural Science and Biology, respectively. She also served as an adjunct instructor, teaching assistant, research assistant, and term instructor in UAA's Biological Sciences Department from 2011 until 2017. Her undergraduate teaching foci included foundational biology laboratory courses for STEM students (including general biology, cell biology and genetics), non-majors introductory biology, and human anatomy and physiology lecture and laboratory courses for health sciences students.
Savannah first joined the ASU community on the Research Advancement team in ASU's School of Life Sciences (SOLS) in October 2017 where she assisted with general pre-award activities, e.g., searching for and disseminating funding solicitations for SOLS faculty, publication of the SOLS Research Advancement Newsletter, and preparation and submission of proposals to federal and philanthropic sponsors.
She now works in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center in the Biodesign Institute as a Research Technician, where she is involved with projects investigating the mechanisms of basal forebrain cholinergic neuron alterations in mouse models of Down Syndrome and their relationship to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.