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  • Mark Alkema

    Mark Alkema, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: C.elegans behavioral genetics.

     

  • Sandra C.V. Almeida

    Sandra C.V. Almeida, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Understanding the molecular mechanisms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer disease (AD).

  • Raffi V. Aroian

    Raffi V. Aroian, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine

    Focus:  Assessing how vertebrate hosts and their immune system interact with intestinal nematodes, with the goal of controlling autoimmune diseases including MS; cognitive impact of parasitic nematodes.

  • Neil Aronin

    Neil Aronin, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Medicine, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience

    Focus: Neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

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  • Ingolf M. Bach

    Ingolf M. Bach, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biology, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, Department of Radiology, Program in Molecular Medicine

    Focus: Neuronal Cell Fate Specification.      

     

  • Eric H. Baehrecke

    Eric H. Baehrecke, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

    Focus:  Cell death and autophagy.

  • Sheldon Benjamin

    Sheldon Benjamin, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Clinical Neuropsychiatry and neuropsychiatry training. 

     

  • Milena Bogunovic

    Milena Bogunovic, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Pathology

    Focus: Macrophages and the enteric nervous system in intestinal health and disease

  • Daryl A. Bosco

    Daryl A. Bosco, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Pathogenic mechanisms underlying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; protein misfolding in ALS

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  • Gabriella Boulting

    Gabriella Boulting, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Activity-dependent gene expression in the primate brain

  • Robert H. Brown, Jr.

    Robert H. Brown, Jr., MD, DPhil

    Academic Role: Professor and Vice Chair

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Neurology, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research

    Focus: Identification of gene defects in neuromuscular diseases; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

  • Vivian Budnik

    Vivian Budnik, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair

    Focus: Molecular mechanisms of synapse assembly and plasticity

     

  • Alexandra C. Byrne

    Alexandra C. Byrne, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Mechanisms of axon regeneration and degeneration in the aging nervous system

  • Yingleong Chan

    Yingleong Chan, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Using induced pluripotent stem cells from patient samples to model Herpes viral infection as a cause of Alzheimer’s disease and Hearing-loss due to Cisplatin treatment.

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  • Felicia Chu

    Felicia Chu, MD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Epilepsy

  • Roger J. Davis

    Roger J. Davis, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine

    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    H. Arthur Smith Chair in Cancer Research

    Focus: Mechanisms by which growth factors regulate cellular proliferation and signaling.

     

  • George J. DeMarco

    George J. DeMarco, MS, DVM, DACLAM

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Pathology

    Director, Department of Animal Medicine

  • Janice A. Dominov

    Janice A. Dominov, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Investigate neuromuscular diseases with an emphasis on congenital and other muscular dystrophies; cell death mechanisms and inflammatory pathway regulation.

     

  • Charles P. Emerson Jr.

    Charles P. Emerson Jr., PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    PI, Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Program at UMass Medical School

    Focus: Muscular Dystrophies

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  • Patrick Emery

    Patrick Emery, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor and Acting Chair

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Circadian Rhythms and photoreception in Drosophila.

     

  • Xiaoduo Fan

    Xiaoduo Fan, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Schizophrenia

  • Minggang Fang

    Minggang Fang, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

    Focus: Identification of drug targets and small molecules to treat Fragile X Syndrome and Friedreich's Ataxia

  • Michael M. Francis

    Michael M. Francis, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity; Neuronal circuit development and function in C. elegans.

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  • Jean A. Frazier

    Jean A. Frazier, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

    Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism

    Focus: Autism, early onset schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology.

    The Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopment Initiative (CANDI)

     

  • Kensuke Futai

    Kensuke Futai, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: The roles of Inhibitory neurons in neuropsychiatric diseases.

     

  • Susan B. Gagliardi

    Susan B. Gagliardi, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Undergraduate and graduate neuroanatomy education.

     

  • Fen-Biao Gao

    Fen-Biao Gao, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    The Governor Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research

    Focus: Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and ALS.

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  • Guangping Gao

    Guangping Gao, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, Horae Gene Therapy Center, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research

    Director, Horae Gene Therapy Center

    Focus: Adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy of genetic diseases including Canavan Disease

  • Rachel M. Gerstein

    Rachel M. Gerstein, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: Immune system dysfunction including multiple sclerosis, with an emphasis on B lymphocyte contribution to pathology and biomarkers of disease progression.

  • Edward Ginns

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Pathology, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Neurogenetics; lysosomal storage disorders.

  • Matthew J. Gounis

    Matthew J. Gounis, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Radiology

    Director, New England Center for Stroke Research

    Focus: Minimally invasive neuroendovascular surgery

  • Heather L. Gray-Edwards

    Heather L. Gray-Edwards, DVM, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Radiology

    Focus: Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) gene therapy in animal models of Sandhoff and Tay-Sachs diseases

  • Michael R. Green

    Michael R. Green, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, Program in Molecular Medicine, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Vice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives

    Director, UMMS Cancer Center

    Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair of Genetic Research

    Co-Director, The Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research
    Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Member, National Academy of Medicine
    Member, National Academy of Sciences

  • Lawrence J. Hayward

    Lawrence J. Hayward, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor of Neurology

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Neurology

    Focus: Motor neuron degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • Christopher C. Hemond

    Christopher C. Hemond, MD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimaging, Psychoneuroimmunology

  • Nils Henninger

    Nils Henninger, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Stroke and brain injury.

     

  • Carolina Ionete

    Carolina Ionete, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune neurological diseases; and neurological complications of HIV infections.

     

  • Javier E. Irazoqui

    Javier E. Irazoqui, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Marcellette G. Williams Scholar

    Focus: Neural-immune communication; Comparative immunology.

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  • Allan S. Jacobson

    Allan S. Jacobson, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair of Genetic Research

    Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professorship in Cell Biology (est. 1999)

    Focus: Post-transcriptional control of gene expression in model systems and genetic disorders

  • Mark D. Johnson

    Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurological Surgery

    Focus: Normal-pressure hydrocephalus; gliomas

  • Allison May Keeler-Klunk

    Allison May Keeler-Klunk, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Pediatrics

    Focus: Gene Therapy, T-REGS and immune response to AAVs

  • David N. Kennedy

    David N. Kennedy, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Neuro-imaging and Neuroinformatics; functional MRI, morphometric analysis.

  • Anastasia Khvorova

    Anastasia Khvorova, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Remondi Family Chair in Biomedical Research

    Focus: Therapeutic gene silencing in vivo.

  • Dohoon Kim

    Dohoon Kim, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

    Focus: Identifying alterations in metabolic pathways supporting cancer cells (gliomas) and exploiting these alterations for therapeutic purposes.

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  • Sohye Kim

    Sohye Kim, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Human brain development and maternal-infant bonding

  • William R. Kobertz

    William R. Kobertz, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology

    Focus: Structure, Function and Modulation of Ion Channels.

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  • John Landers

    John Landers, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Genetics of Familial and Sporadic ALS.

  • Jeanne Lawrence

    Jeanne Lawrence, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics

    Focus: Chromosome silencing, Down Syndrome, and Alzheimer Disease

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  • Hong-Sheng Li

    Hong-Sheng Li, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor of Neurobiology

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular Dissection of Drosophila Vision.

  • Lawrence Lifshitz

    Lawrence Lifshitz, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, Program in Molecular Medicine

    Focus: Computer vision and image processing.

     

  • Elaine Lim

    Elaine Lim, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

    Focus: To understand the genetic mechanisms of complex neurological diseases (ASD and Alzheimer’s) through computational and statistical methods and experimental technology.

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  • Lori J. Lorenz

    Lori J. Lorenz, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine

    Focus: Translational regulation in models of Fragile X Syndrome.

  • Elisabet Mandon

    Elisabet Mandon, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: The role of mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum in neurodegeneration and aging.

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  • Wendy K. Marsh

    Wendy K. Marsh, MD, MS

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Bipolar and mood disorders, reproductive phases in women.

  • Gilles Martin

    Gilles Martin, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Drugs of abuse and memory; electrophysiology.

     

  • Beth A. McCormick

    Beth A. McCormick, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: Mucosal inflammation, host:pathogen interactions, and cancer biology.

  • Haley E. Melikian

    Haley E. Melikian, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Cocaine and antidepressant-sensitive monoamine transporters.

  • Richard P. Moser

    Richard P. Moser, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Pediatrics

    Focus: Adult brain tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery, translational research.

  • Mary Munson

    Mary Munson, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

    Focus: Regulation of vesicle targeting and fusion.

  • Ika Noviawaty

    Ika Noviawaty, MD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Neurosurgery

    Director, Epilepy Service

    Focus: Epilepsy

  • Gary R. Ostroff

    Gary R. Ostroff, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Focus: Using small to macromolecular drug delivery to phagocytes to modulate inflammation and pathologies associated with infectious, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Thoru Pederson

    Thoru Pederson, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

    Vitold Arnett Professorship in Cell Biology

    Focus: RNA traffic in eukaryotic cells, RNA processing, RNA-protein interactions, microRNAs.

     

  • Claudio Punzo

    Claudio Punzo, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology, Department of Ophthalmology, Horae Gene Therapy Center

    Focus: Neurodegeneration in the retina; retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • Ajit S. Puri

    Ajit S. Puri, MD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Radiology

    Director for Clinical Research, NeuroNexus Institute
    Director, Division of Neurointerventional Surgery
    Director, Neurointerventional Fellowship Program

    Research Focus: Stroke treatment using mechanical thrombectomy, an endovascular procedure that is performed in neurointerventional radiology.

  • Joel Richter

    Joel Richter, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Program in Molecular Medicine, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Arthur F. Koskinas Chair in Neuroscience

    Focus: Translational control in meiosis, mitosis, and neuronal synaptic plasticity. Fragile X syndrome.

  • Ann Rittenhouse

    Ann Rittenhouse, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: Calcium Channels and Neuronal Plasticity.

  • Evgeny I. Rogaev

    Evgeny I. Rogaev, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Focus: Molecular genetic mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases and dementia.

  • Max P. Rosen

    Max P. Rosen, MD, MPH

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Radiology

  • Anthony Rothschild

    Anthony Rothschild, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Psychiatry

    Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Chair in Psychiatry

    Focus: Clinical Research in Affective Disorders and Sexual Dysfunction; Psychopharmacology.

  • Sean P. Ryder

    Sean P. Ryder, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology

    Focus: Post-transcriptional regulation of maternal mRNA in development.

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  • Manojkumar Saranathan

    Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Radiology

    Focus: Structural and Functional Neuroimaging, Image Processing

  • Shlomit Schaal

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Ophthalmology

  • Dorothy P. Schafer

    Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Neuron-glia interactions regulating synaptic circuit development and plasticity.

  • Miguel S. Sena-Esteves

    Miguel S. Sena-Esteves, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, Department of Neurology, Horae Gene Therapy Center

    Focus: Preclinical gene therapy of neurological diseases and brain cancer.

  • Scott A. Shaffer

    Scott A. Shaffer, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

  • Kara Smith

    Kara Smith, MD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology

    Focus: Parkinson’s disease, Movement disorders, biomarker development

  • Thomas Smith

    Thomas Smith, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Pathology

    Focus: Forensic neuropathology and CNS neoplasia.

  • Andrew Tapper

    Andrew Tapper, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry

    Director, Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

    Focus: Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in addiction and neurological disease.

  • Paul R. Thompson

    Paul R. Thompson, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

    Director, Small Molecule Screening Facility

  • Travis C. Thomson

    Travis C. Thomson, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Transposon regulation of neuromuscular junction plasticity

  • Michael Volkert

    Michael Volkert, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: Molecular and cellular functions of the OXR family of oxidation resistance genes in order to determine how they protect cells from oxidative stress induced DNA damage and cell death.

  • J. Matthias Walz

    J. Matthias Walz, MD

    Academic Role: Chair and Professor

    Programs: Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

    Focus: Anesthesiology

  • Dan Wang

    Dan Wang, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Focus: AAV Gene Therapy for Genetic Diseases

  • Jonathan K. Watts

    Jonathan K. Watts, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Focus: Therapeutic gene silencing with chemically modified antisense oligonucleotides.

  • David R. Weaver

    David R. Weaver, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Executive Director, NeuroNexus Institute
    Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

    Focus: Molecular regulation and physiological impact of circadian rhythms.

  • Yang Xiang

    Yang Xiang, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Molecular and neural circuit mechanisms underlying behavior; light-evoked escape behavior.

  • Zuoshang Xu

    Zuoshang Xu, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, RNA Therapeutics Institute

    Focus: Mechanism and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases including FTD and ALS.

  • Hongwei Yang

    Hongwei Yang, MD, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurological Surgery

  • Eviatar Yemini

    Eviatar Yemini, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology

    Focus: Neural activity and behavioral changes during development

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  • Hong Zhang

    Hong Zhang, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Pediatrics

    Focus: Cancer; Chromosomal silencing and Trisomy 21

  • Jin Zhang

    Jin Zhang, PhD

    Programs: Department of Neurobiology, Program in Molecular Medicine

    Focus: Interplay of sensory systems and internal state; taste

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  • Ronghua ZhuGe

    Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

    Focus: Smooth muscle in health and disease.

  • Andrew W. Zimmerman

    Andrew W. Zimmerman, MD

    Academic Role: Professor

    Programs: Department of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics

  • Jill Zitzewitz

    Jill Zitzewitz, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Programs: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Neurology

    Focus: Protein Misfolding and Disease.