Natalie DiProspero

2nd Year Graduate Student
Office: 1400 Biological Sciences III


Natalie earned a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and French from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Before joining the lab, she spent two years as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the National Institute on Aging in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, where she studied the relationship between metabolic syndrome and longitudinal change in cortical thickness in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging dataset. Broadly speaking, she is interested in understanding how health and lifestyle factors influence the aging trajectory. She plans to use cognitive assessments and multimodal neuroimaging to study how vascular and metabolic dysfunction contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Additionally, she has a keen interest in working with Black and Latino communities to expand study enrollment of individuals from populations that are at increased risk of developing AD yet are traditionally underrepresented in human subjects research.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2017 Outstanding Poster Award, NIH Postbac Poster Day
  • 2017 NIA Scientific Director’s Award, NIA Scientific Retreat
  • 2017 Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellowship (Declined), University of Texas, Dallas
  • 2016 Outstanding Poster Award, NIH Postbac Poster Day
  • 2015 College Honors in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Award, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Reagh, Z. M., Roberts, J. M. Ly, M., DiProspero, N., Murray, E., Yassa, M. A., (2014). Spatial discrimination deficits as a function of mnemonic interference in aged adults with and without memory impairment. Hippocampus, 24(3), 303-314.


  • Beason-Held, L. L., Gomez, G., DiProspero, N., Bilgel, M., An, Y., Shafer, A., Wong, D. F., Studenski, S., & Resnick, S. M. (2017). Metabolic syndrome is related to accelerated amyloid accumulation and cortical thinning in the older brain. Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D. C.
  • DiProspero, N., Beason-Held, L., An, Y., Shafer, A., Gomez, G., Pacheco, J., & Resnick, S. M. (2017). Metabolic syndrome and cortical thinning in older adults. Presented at the NIA Scientific Retreat, Baltimore, MD, and at the NIH Postbac Poster Day, Bethesda, MD.
  • DiProspero, N., Pacheco, J., An, Y., Kitner-Triolo, M., & Resnick, S. M. (2016). Cortical thinning: Associations with age, sex, and cognitive status. Presented at the NIH Postbac Poster Day, Bethesda, MD.