Melissa (Fabritius)?Verhague earns Ph.D.

Melissa (Fabritius) VerHague earned the degree of Ph.D. in molecular pathology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston Salem, N.C.

Dr. VerHague successfully defended her dissertation, “The Impact of Hepatic Apolipoprotein A-IV Expression on VLDL Particle Expansion, Triglyceride Secretion, and Steatosis,” on June 14.

Melissa graduated from Forestville High School in 2002, and in 2007 graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Her graduate research began in 2007 and centered on alleviating fatty liver disease without increasing the risk for heart disease.

The success of her research led to an invitation to present her work at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2013 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla. Melissa plans to pursue a career in research science and currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She resides in Winston Salem, N.C. with her husband, Nicholas VerHague.

Melissa is the daughter of Joseph and Pamela Fabritius, of Fredonia, and the granddaughter of Ann Fabritius, of Fredonia.