Morsani College of Medicine
Department of Molecular Medicine
Joint and Affiliate Faculty
Post-Doctorates / Research Associates
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Master's of Science Program
Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
Children's Research Institute (CRI)
Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
James A Haley Veteran's Hospital
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Professor, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE
In my role of Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program I am involved in development and assessment of this elective opportunity for student scholarship and individuation.
I am a trained immunologist and microbiologist and did research in the field of immunology for many years. More recently, my focus has changed to education. As such I serve as a Course Director in Year 2 and Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP). I am also involved in curriculum development and assessment. I have published and run workshops regarding educational issues and have helped mentor students on educational projects.
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Graduate Research Assistant, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Our lab studies the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Specifically, we are interested in the molecular mechanisms that lead to the aberrant cell cycle that is observed in the AD brain. We have found that the amyloid precursor protein (APP), a central protein in AD, is modified and pathogenically processed in a cell-cycle specific manner. Furthermore, we have found that APP induces expression of proteins such as ras and gamma-synuclein, which are involved in cellular proliferation. The aim of my research is to elucidate the mechanisms by which APP induces the expression of these proliferation-associated proteins and determine how it leads to neurodegeneration and cognitive decline.
Alzheimer's disease, drug discovery and general Neuroscience