The Roskamp Institute, jointly with The Open University UK, offers a doctoral degree in Neuroscience and is pleased to announce the program’s 15th graduate Ariane Menden. Ariane joined the Institute as a Ph.D. student in October 2017. While she worked on a number of projects throughout her time at the Institute, her research primarily investigated the role of the gut microbiome in the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Owing to Covid-19, this was our second virtual viva voce examination, conducted on GoToMeeting with participants in Sarasota, and her examiners located in Ireland and Germany.


Ariane began her studies in biochemistry at the Free University, Berlin, Germany, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Throughout her studies, she gained practical experience in industrial positions and abroad at the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center, Honolulu. Her personal development and gained experience in molecular biochemistry and analytical chemistry prepared Ariane perfectly to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Roskamp Institute. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to conduct my Ph.D. at the Roskamp Institute. I enjoyed contributing to the understanding of neurodegenerative disorders through my Ph.D. research and hope to continue doing so in the future.”

Ariane’s research into the gut microbiome and its interaction with Alzheimer’s Disease and related research, which constituted much of her Ph.D. research, was recently published in articles in the Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, and Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry. She has been, and fortunately will be, a valuable member of the Roskamp Institute research group. Congratulations Ariane!

1. Menden A, et al. Novel, natural allosteric inhibitors and enhancers of Candida rugosa lipase activity. Bioorg Chem. 2021 Apr.
2. Menden A, et al. Candida rugosa lipase alters the gastrointestinal environment in wild-type mice. Biomed Pharmacother. 2020.
3. Menden A, et al. A fast, miniaturised in-vitro assay developed for quantification of lipase enzyme activity. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2019.

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