Brittany Butler

Email: b.butler15@ufl.edu

Brittany Butler graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010 with a dual Bachelors

degree in Biology and Chemistry. She joined my laboratory during my time at Meharry Medical

College and made the transition with the lab once we moved to University of Florida. Brittany’s

dissertation research focuses on investigating how alpha-synuclein, a small cytosolic protein, regulates

the biophysical properties of dopamine transporter (DAT), a transmembrane protein implicated in

neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders. In specific, she looks to elucidate the

influence of alpha-synuclein on DAT trafficking, efflux and calcium homeostasis. Brittany is well trained

in a number of techniques including confocal microscopy, molecular biochemistry, animal behavior,

primary culture, and voltametry. Brittany is extremely outgoing, outside of the lab Brittany’s enjoys

socializing with her peers, dancing and cooking. It has been a pleasure to work with her and see her

development into the scientist she is today.