Molecular Neuroscience Group

Introduction to the Molecular Neuroscience Group The Molecular Neuroscience Group focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms that can cause Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Huntington’s disease (HD). A microfluidic-engineered cell culture chamber allows us to monitor separately “donor neurons”, axons and “acceptor neurons” in our study of Tau misfolded state propagation from cell to cell. Proteins attain their function by folding into 3 dimensional shapes in cells; only if they assume their correct shape can they perform correctly and adopt essential roles that support life. AD, like other neurodegenerative diseases, is caused by aberrant forms of proteins which tend to accumulate and aggregate into shapes, which are believed to be toxic to the brain cells of affected patients. The two proteins thought…

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