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Gary Bassell

Gary Bassell, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: gary.bassell@emory.edu
Phone:  404-727-3772

Our laboratory is investigating disease mechanisms and novel therapeutic strategies for spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, nerve and spinal cord injuries.

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Ranjita Betarbet

Ranjita Betarbet, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, Cognitive Division
Email: rbetarb@emory.edu
Phone:  404-727-9104

My research interests are in  pathogenesis, progression and spread of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson¿s and Alzheimer¿s diseases.

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Brian Ciliax

Brian J. Ciliax, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: bciliax@emory.edu
Phone: 404-712-8570

My lab focuses on the development of novel agents to image the neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Marla Gearing

Marla Gearing, Ph.D.

Department of Pathology
Email: mgearin@emory.edu
Phone: 404-712-8352

I investigate the pathogenesis of and neuropathologic overlap among neurodegenerative diseases.

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Jonathan Glass

Jonathan Glass, M.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: jglas03@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3507

I am focused on the pathogenesis and prevention of axonal degeneration as it applies to neurodegenerative diseases.

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Chad Hales

Chadwick Hales, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: CMHALES@emory.edu

I am a clinician-scientist interested in the basic cellular mechanism that cause Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Using Postmortem human brian tissue and pluripotent stem cells, I take a multifaceted approach that includes immunohistochemical, biochemical analysis and extracellular electrophysiology with micro-electrode arrays.

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Ellen Hess

Ellen Hess, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology
Email: ellen.hess@emory.edu 
Phone: 404-727-4911

Our laboratory uses molecular, genetic, anatomical and behavioral approaches to determine the contribution of the basal ganglia and cerebellum to normal movements and movement disorders. Our specific interest is dystonia, a movement disorder caused by dysfunction of the basal ganglia, the cerebellum or both.

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William Hu

William Hu, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: william.hu@emory.edu
Phone: 

My laboratory focuses on developing biochemical markers for neurodegenerative disorders including frontotemporal lobar degenerations and Alzheimer¿s disease, and to characterize the relationship between these biomarkers and brain pathology.

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H.A. Jinnah

H.A. Jinnah, M.D., Ph.D.

Departments of Neurology and Human Genetics
Email: hjinnah@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-9107

My laboratory group focusses on both clinical aspects and the neurobiological basis for dystonia, a movement disorder characterized by involuntary twisting movements and posturing.

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Richard Kahn

Richard Kahn, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry
Email: rkahn@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3561

Members of the Kahn lab conduct basic research into the mechanisms of cell regulation by GTP binding proteins, particularly the Arf family of 21 kDa GTPases and their associated partners.

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David Katz

David Katz, Ph.D

Department of Cell Biology
Email: djkatz@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3403

Our lab focuses on the epigenetic maintenance of neuronal fate and how disruptions in this process contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. We are also interested in the neurological outcomes associated with the inappropriate inheritance of histone methylation. 

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Chia-Yi (Alex) Kuan

 Chia-Yi (Alex) Kuan, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Pediatrics
Email: alex.kuan@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-9579

Our laboratory studies perinatal brain injury including hypoxia-ischemia, infection-sensitized hypoxia-ischemia, and prematurity-related intracranial hemorrhage.

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Thomas Kukar

Thomas Kukar, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology
Email: tkukar@emory.edu
Phone: (404) 727-5991

My lab studies the development of new therapeutic approaches for treating Alzheimer¿s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, and related neurodegenerative disorders.

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James Lah

James Lah, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: jlah@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3509

My research interests focus on understanding basic pathogenic mechanisms in Alzheimer¿s disease, which will enhance translation of research advances into therapeutic applications.

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Allan Levey

Allan Levey, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: alevey@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-7220

My research interests focus on understanding basic pathogenic mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease, which will enhance translation of research advances into therapeutic applications.

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Lian Li

Lian Li, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology
Email: lianli@pharm.emory.edu
Phone:

My lab studies the molecular pathogenic mechanisms of Parkinson's Disease and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders.

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Xio-Jiang Li

 Xiao-Jiang Li, MD, PhD

Department of Human Genetics
Email: xli2@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3290

The main interest of the Li Lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms of inherited neurodegeneration caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the disease genes.

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Zixu Mao

Zixu Mao, M.D., Ph.D.

Departments of Neurology and Pharmacology
Email: zmao@emory.edu
Phone:  404-712-8581

My lab studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal stress response.

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Gary Miller

Gary Miller, Ph.D.

Department of Environmental Health
Email: gwmille@emory.edu
Phone: 404-712-8582

Dr. Miller's laboratory is focused on identifying the underlying cause of Parkinson's disease with an emphasis on environmental factors. His group is also developing novel animal models and therapies for the disease. 

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Srikant Rangaraju, 

Department of Neurology
Email: srikant.rangaraju@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-6136

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Kerry Ressler

Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry
Email: kressle@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-7739

The primary objective of the work in the Ressler lab is to utilize the power of molecular genetics to understand the molecular biology, neural circuitry, and behavioral biology of fear and its extinction in mouse models and in humans with disorders of fear regulation.

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Wilfried Rossol

Wilfried Rossoll, Ph.D.

Department of Cell Biology
Email: wrossol@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-0668

My main research interest is the biological role of mRNA transport and local translation in motor neurons and their dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases, such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Nicholas Seyfried

Nicholas Seyfried, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry
Email: nseyfri@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-8589

We use a quantitative mass spectrometry approach to define protein aggregation and post-translational modification events observed in neurodegenerative disease.

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Patrice Smith

 

Patrice Smith, Ph.D.

Department of Physiology
Email: patrice.smith@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-0633

My research is geared toward understanding how the brain responds to injury and molecular mechanisms to promote repair.  Current collaborative research is focussed on the role of cytokine signaling in stroke recovery.

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Malu Tansey

Malu G. Tansey, Ph.D.

Department of Physiology
Email: malu.tansey@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-6126

My lab studies the role and regulation of neuroinflammation and immune system function in CNS function in health and disease with particular interest in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Steve Traynelis

Steve Traynelis, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology
Email: strayne@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-0357

We explore the structure and function of glutamate receptors with the dual goal of understanding better their contribution to neurodegenerative processes as well as identifying novel therapeutic strategies by which regulation of glutamate receptors might be neuroprotective.  We also evaluate regulation of microglial function in resting and neuroinflammatory conditions by G-protein coupled receptors.

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Lary Walker

Lary C. Walker, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Email: lary.walker@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-7779

I am interested in the basic mechanisms underlying Alzheimer¿s disease.

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Steven Warren

Steven Warren, PhD, FACMG

Department of Human Genetics
Email: swarren@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-3949

My laboratory investigates FMR1- related disorders that include Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and autism, Fragile X-associated ovarian insufficiency, and Fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome.

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Thomas Wingo

Thomas Wingo, M.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: twingo@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-4905

My laboratory focuses on identifying genetic causes at work in families with Alzheimer¿s disease. The goal of our work is to ultimately gain a more complete understanding of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer¿s disease by identifying new genetic loci that contribute to disease.

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Michael Yepes

Manuel Yepes, M.D.

Department of Neurology
Email: myepes@emory.edu
Phone: 404-712-8358

Our work focuses on the study of the mechanisms leading to the development of cell death, neuroinflammation and increased blood-brain barrier permeability in the ischemic brain.

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James Zheng

James Zheng, Ph.D.

Departments of Cell Biology and Neurology
Email: james.zheng@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-9133

Our laboratory employs state-of-art imaging techniques in combination with molecular and cell biology to study the signal transduction and cytoskeletal mechanisms underlying neural development and disorders.  Our current research focuses on three areas: axon guidance and regeneration, synapse plasticity, and neuronal trafficking. 

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