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Jill K. Morris, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Neurology

Professional Background

Dr. Morris received a B.A. In Biochemistry from William Jewell College and a PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Kansas. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center prior to joining the KU Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor. She currently serves as an Assistant Director of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Biomarker Core, and Director of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center Developmental Projects Program.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center



Dr. Morris' research is focused on the differences in both systemic and brain energy metabolism in cognitively healthy aging and Alzheimer's Disease. It is possible that energy metabolism plays an early role or is an early marker in Alzheimer's Disease etiology. The lab seeks to explore how energy metabolism can be modified and improved to prevent and treat Alzheimer's Disease.

Current Research and Grants
  • Acute exercise and the cerebral metabolic response in aging and AD, NIH, PI