Date of Award

Summer 5-31-2023

Degree Type




First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Sharda


Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are debilitating neurodegenerative diseases that are largely thought to be exacerbated, and perhaps even caused, by oxidative stress in and around neurons. At the same time, there has been increased research in the field of nutrition and how the foods we eat impact our short- and long-term health. These combined interests have resulted in fascinating studies that have found certain foods, namely plants, can have a variety of medicinal benefits.....The purpose of this study is to determine if plant extracts that have high levels of certain phytonutrients can increase the activity of cellular enzymes that reduce oxidative stress in SH-SY5Y neurons, and how their effects differ when combined with green tea extract (GTE), an extract that has been extensively studied for its antioxidative properties.