Research Assistant Professor
PhD Molecular Biology
Research and teaching
- Genetic causes of Parkinson’s Disease
- Molecular mechanisms in PD
My current research centers around understanding the death pathways that control neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease and the mechanisms and function of PD linked genes. I have been involved in studies that define the pathways important in neuronal death using animal models. My current research focuses on the intersection of mitochondrial dynamics, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and their implications on neurodegeneration via regulation of cell death pathways or activation of neuro-immunological responses. I use a combination of multi-disciplinary approaches to answer these specific questions with a goal to not just understand the basic mechanisms in PD pathogenesis but also to apply the knowledge gained from these studies for the benefit of those afflicted with this neurodegenerative condition.