Erica M Weekman, PhD joined Indiana University School of Medicine and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute in 2023. She is an assistant research professor in the Department of Neurology and holds an adjunct position in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology. Dr. Weekman’s research focuses on hyperhomocysteinemia induced vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) as well as the role of astrocyte end feet in Alzheimer’s disease and VCID.
Dr. Weekman obtained her graduate and postdoctoral training at the Sanders Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky prior to joining IU School of Medicine. While there, she studied the comorbidity of VCID and Alzheimer’s disease and the effects of this comorbidity on the efficacy of anti-amyloid beta immunotherapies. Her research has transitioned to focus on the role of astrocyte end feet and matrix metalloproteinases in hyperhomocysteinemia induced VCID. Her research interests also extend to the effects of VCID and hyperhomocysteinemia on the retina and vision.
Dr. Weekman also works in conjunction with Donna Wilcock, PhD who has multiple projects and research interests relating to amyloid related imaging abnormalities (ARIA) and anti-amyloid beta immunotherapies as well as the role of angiogenic factors, like PlGF, in VCID.
In her free time, Dr. Weekman enjoys spending time with her parents and sisters, spoiling her nieces and nephew, and traveling the states with her friends.