Amy Bauernfeind is interested in how the human brain makes and uses energy differently from that of other primates. Her dissertation asks how proteins related to glucose metabolism are distributed in the brain and how they may support neuronal structure and function. She also studies the size and cellular composition of specific regions of the brain that may underlie human cognitive specializations.
2011 Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Metabolic Supply and Demand: A Study of Energetic Strategy in the Brain”
2011 Journal of Experimental Biology Traveling Fellowship, “Metabolic Supply and Demand: A Study of the Distribution of Metabolic Resources in the Brain”
2011 Cosmos Club, Young Scholars Award: “Energetics and Maturation of the Brain in Humans and Macaque Monkeys”