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Rory Weston

Rory WestonEducation:

Florida State University, B.S. in Criminology; Western Washington University, B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience 
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
PhD Advisor: Michael Miles, MD, PhD
Graduate Program: Pharmacology/Toxicology


Research Interests:

Before coming to VCU, Rory worked in the fields of Huntington's disease and schizophrenia on a wide spectrum of projects from behavior to RNAseq. His primary interests are in neuroscience and the mechanisms and treatment of neurological disease. Rory's goal is to apply functional and computational techniques in an integrative approach to investigating brain disease.

Personal Bio:

Rory was raised in a military family and grew up moving around the world. He received a BS in Criminology from Florida State University and worked for two years after college before deciding to return to school and pursue medicine. He finished a second bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University and then worked for a year as a research assistant before coming to VCU. Rory spends his free time exploring Richmond's amazing restaurant scene and taking spontaneous road trips with his wife.


Carroll JB, Deik A, Fossale E, Weston RM, Guide JR, Arjomand J, et al. (2015). HdhQ111 Mice Exhibit Tissue Specific Metabolite Profiles that Include Striatal Lipid Accumulation. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134465

Bragg, R. M., Coffey, S. R., Weston, R. M., Ament, S. A., Cantle, J. P., Minnig, S., … Carroll, J. B. (2017). Motivational, proteostatic and transcriptional deficits precede synapse loss, gliosis and neurodegeneration in the B6.Htt(Q111/+) model of Huntington’s disease. Scientific Reports, 7(February), 41570. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep41570