Originally from Oklahoma, Heather obtained a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University in the laboratory of Dennis Selkoe. In 2013, she joined the labs of Bart De Strooper and Joris de Wit at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted in 2016 to her current position of staff scientist. Heather has 12 years of experience studying the physiological function of the Amyloid Precursor Protein. She discovered that the shed extracellular domain of the Amyloid Precursor Protein functions as a ligand for the GABA type B receptor to regulate synaptic activity, which was published in Science in January 2019.
Heather has been awarded grants from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Belgian Foundation for Alzheimer Research (SAO-FRA). She was elected Chair of the 2018 Gordon Research Seminar on Neurobiology of Disease and received a Junior Faculty Award for AD/PD 2019.