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Research Highlight

A major focus of ongoing research at UC Irvine is to develop new therapeutic strategies designed to limit ongoing demyelination while repairing damaged nerve tissue.

Dr. Craig WalshDIRECTOR
DR. CRAIG WALSH, PH.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences
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Michael Demetriou, MDDIRECTOR
DR. MICHAEL DEMETRIOU, M.D., PH.D. – Professor, Dept. of Neurology
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FACULTY

School of Biological Sciences

DRITAN AGALLIU, PH.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
Research Interest: Biology of the mammalian blood-brain barrier (BBB): 1) the mechanisms governing development and maintenance of the barrier; and 2) how structural components of the BBB are affected in diseases of the brain and spinal cord where barrier function is impaired.
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MICHAEL J. BUCHMEIER, PH.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; Department of Medicine
Research Interest: Neurotropic viruses and demyelinating diseases
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MATHEW BLURTON-JONES, PH.D. – Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior
Research Interest: The application of stem cells to examine the underlying molecular mechanisms that mediate neurodegenerative disease and to identify novel therapeutic approaches to treat these disorders.
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MELANIE COCCO, PH.D. – Associate Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interest: Structural biology of neuronal growth inhibitors; neuroregeneration.
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DAVID A. FRUMAN, PH.D. – Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Associate Director, Institute for Immunology
Research Interest: Signal transduction, immunology, cancer, leukemia, kinase, microarray.
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CHARLES GLABE, PH.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interest: Glial biology and neurodegenerative diseases
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FRANK M. LAFERLA, PH.D.– Chancellor’s Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior, Director of Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, School of Biological Sciences, Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Research Interest: Neural stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases
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IRENE MUNK PEDERSEN, PH.D.– Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry School of Biological Sciences
Research Interest: Regulation of microRNAs (miRs) and their role in human disease (Cancer), Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) development and viral defense

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ANDREA TENNER, PH.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Associate Dean of Biological Sciences
Research Interest: Innate immunity, glial biology and neurodegenerative diseases
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LESLIE THOMPSON, PH.D. – Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, School of Biological Sciences
Research Interest: Neural stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases
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School of Medicine

AILEEN J. ANDERSON, PH.D. – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, School of Medicine
Research Interest: Neural stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases
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MICHAEL CAHALAN, PH.D. – Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine
Research Interest: Immune cell signaling and activation; 2-photon microscopic visualization of immune cell and neural stem cell trafficking
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BRIAN J. CUMMINGS, PH.D. – Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, School of Medicine
Research Interest: Neural stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases
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DAVID J. REINKENSMEYER, PH.D. – Professor, Biomedical Engineering, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering; Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine
Research Interest: Robotics and neurorehabilitation
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STEVEN L. SMALL, M.D., PH.D. – Professor and Chair, Neurology, School of Medicine
Research Interest: Magnetic resonance imaging and neurodegenerative diseases
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