The Ross Lab

Avedisian Hall, College of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences


Members of the Ross lab in Spring 2022, courtesy of Beau Jones. Assistant Professor Jaime Ross, Research Assistant Professor Giuseppe Coppotelli, undergraduate student Danielle Burge, undergraduate student Joceline Rodrigues Monteiro, lab technician Bethany Healey, undergraduate student Kristen Harder, and Ph.D. students Lauren Gaspar and Sydney Bartman .

January 2024 Jaime Ross is featured on national CBS Primetime News for her research on the lifecycle of microplastics in the human body

August 2023 Key findings from the Ross lab’s work on microplastics are published in the International Journal of Molecular Science.

June 2023 The Ross lab receives a URI Plastics Seed Grant to study the lifecycle of microplastics in the body and their impact on brain health, with Dr. Ross as principal investigator. September update: Read the official announcement.

January 2023 Giuseppe Coppotelli is principal investigator on a URI College Innovative Seed Grant to study mitochondrial DNA mutations

May 2022 The Ross lab is featured in the Spring edition of URI’s Momentum magazine (“What Is the Life Cycle of Microplastics in the Body?”).

January 2022 Drs. Ross and Coppotelli are primary investigators on a $179,500 grant from the Champlin Foundation to acquire high-precision Laser Capture Microdissection technology that enables researchers to isolate and study individual cells or cell structures in tissue, cell, and other biological samples. Its use will provide essential workforce training to neuroscience, pharmacy, engineering, biological science, and bioinformatics students.

November 2021 Dr. Ross took part in the URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement’s Faculty Office Hour series with a special presentation on “How to Age with a Youthful Brain”:

September 2021 Read a Q&A with Dr. Ross, who presented “A Multifaceted Approach to Identify Underlying Molecular Mechanisms, Biomarkers, and Therapies for Aging and Neurogenerative Disease,” as part of the Neuroscience Seminar Series, jointly sponsored by the Ryan Institute and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program.

August 2021 Dr. Ross was named an Early Career Investigator for the 2021–2022 Interstellar Initiative, presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. This year’s event will focus on challenges in healthy longevity. The annual Interstellar Initiative brings together early career scientists around the world for a two-day workshop that fosters interdisciplinary mentorship, networking, and collaboration.  

April 2021 (Video below) An interview with Dr. Ross and collaborators Malin Hernebring, Ph.D. and Julia Adelof, Ph.D. of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, discussing their recent publication in Aging, “Conclusions from a behavioral aging study on male and female F2 hybrid mice on age-related behavior, buoyancy in water-based tests, and an ethical method to assess lifespan.”

March 2021 Dr. Ross was awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to collect preliminary data for a project focused on lifestyle factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Coppotelli was awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to collect preliminary data for a project focused on the role of a novel protein in brain homeostasis and neurological disorders.

Graduate INP student and Ross Lab member Sydney Bartman was part of an interactive video lesson on executive function (“Multitasking and the Brain”) for Brain Week Rhode Island’s “Brainy Adventure” online school visit series.

August 2020 The Ross Lab is awarded a three-year, $747,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging (R00, NIH Pathways to Independence Award) on the role of epigenetics in age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

June 2020 The Ross Lab is awarded a $95,000 grant from the Fred M. Roddy Foundation to fund innovative behavioral equipment and an essential tissue preparation instrument.

March 2020 Video update from The Ross Lab for 2020 Brain Week: