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Alicia Woock

Alicia Woock


Appalachian State University, B.S. with honors in Chemistry
Hometown: New Bern, N.C.
Thesis adviser: Charles Clevenger, M.D., Ph.D., CTS/CMM (Pathology)

Research interests:

Alicia's research interests have evolved from imaging to neuroscience. Her undergraduate honors thesis studied organic anion transport in the Caenorhabditis elegans model using fluorescence microscopy. After graduating, her research experience continued at the National Institute of Mental Health in a translational laboratory focused on radioligand development for PET imaging of various neurological disorders. She is excited to find a laboratory at VCU to focus on neuroscience research studying anything from neurodegenerative disorders to addiction.

Personal bio:

Alicia was born and raised in New Bern, NC, the colonial capital of the state. She attended Appalachian State University where she developed her passion for snowboarding; she continues to take trips out west each year to snowboard with her family. She enjoys spending time cooking vegetarian dishes and baking, trying out her green thumb, art, live music, and exploring all Richmond has to offer in her down time.


Kreisl WC, Bhatia R, Morse CL, Woock AE, Zoghbi SS, Shetty HU, Pike VW, Innis RB.Increased Permeability-Glycoprotein Inhibition at the Human Blood-Brain Barrier Can Be Safely Achieved by Performing PET During Peak Plasma Concentrations of Tariquidar. J Nucl Med. 2015 Jan;56(1):82-7.

Xu, R.; Zanotti-Fregonara, P.; Zoghbi, S.S.; Gladding, R.L.; Woock, A.E.; Innis, R.B.; Pike, V.W. Synthesis and Evaluation in Monkey of a Promising Radioligand for PET Imaging of Brain mGluR1 In Vivo: [18F]FIMX. J Med Chem. 2013; 56 (22): 9146.