Taylor ArikoMcKnight PhD Student
Taylor Ariko received her BS in Chemical Engineering with a major in Biomedical Engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering at Florida State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude and Honors in the Major. She worked at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) during her junior and senior year under the mentorship of Dr. Samuel C. Grant PhD, gaining experience in high-field MR scanning and image processing. During her time at the MagLab, Taylor was involved in the 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and defended an Undergraduate Honors Thesis on Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Neural Structural Connectivity in a Transgenic Model of Alzheimer’s Disease and Ischemic Stroke Recovery. Taylor is currently a Dean’s fellow in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at the University of Miami. She is working under the mentorship of Dr. Tatjana Rundek MD, PhD and Dr. Andrew Dykstra PhD studying the relationship between cognitive decline and hearing loss using datasets from the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). Her long-term goal is to utilize imaging techniques to study biomarkers of neurocognitive disorders.