Fred Ayres graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Economics, and a Certificate in Civic Engagement. He was also inducted into Wesleyan’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
He currently works in two positions at the University of Michigan Medical School. He serves as a lab technician in the Ferrario Lab and works with participants in a public health intervention to reduce substance abuse and HIV risk behavior.
He has previously conducted research on the effects of a high-fat diet on risk-preference in rodents, the components that forge healthy communities, and the use of techniques from behavioral economics to increase up-take of health insurance.
Fred ultimately aims to play an active role in health care and education policy and craft solutions to reach social equity in the United States. He is most interested in translating findings from social and behavioral science into effective public policies that mitigate disparities in health and education, and promote economic redistributive justice.