Savannah Rocha

Hey, my name is Savannah, and I am a PhD Candidate within the lab, and primarily look into work regarding glial reactivity and neurodegeneration that leads to PD onset through the chemical exposure of pesticides. More recently, I have switched gears and do research out in the Biosafety Level 3 on CSU Foothills Campus looking into therapeutic targets to mitigate inflammation caused by SARS-CoV-2. In addition, I have investigated the potential neurological affects that may result from this virus. I also work closely with pathologists out at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital/Diagnostic Medicine Center looking into equine medicine and neurological disorders produced by viral insults.

I am extremely passionate about the research that I conduct and strive to form long lasting bonds with collaborators, colleagues and students throughout the course of studies. I graduated undergraduate with my degree in Microbiology and have a deep love for the world of microbes that is unable to be seen by the naked eye.

Aside from research, I love to be outside with my two dogs. Fishing has always been a favorite activity of mine, probably stemming from my upbringing in a small mountain town in western Colorado. I am highly involved in the fitness community and enjoy making jewelry along with other crafts.