Laura Blair

Postdoctoral Scholar Research, College Of Medicine Molecular Medicine

College Of Medicine Molecular Medicine

Postdoctoral Scholar, Molecular Medicine, MCOM, University of South Florida

Contact Info 4001 E Fletcher Ave
ALZ 325
Tampa, FL 33613

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Academic Phone: (813) 396-0676

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  • PhD, Medical Sciences, University Of South Florida, 2014
  • MS, Medical Sciences, University of South Florida, 2013
  • BA, Chemistry, USF, 2009


  • Society for Neuroscience (Student Member, 2009 - 2014)

Recent Publications

  • Blair, LJ.Sabbagh, JJ.Dickey, CA. Targeting Hsp90 and its co-chaperones to treat Alzheimer's disease. Expert opinion on therapeutic targets. 18(10) : 1219-32, 2014.
  • Selenica, ML.Davtyan, H.Housley, SB.Blair, LJ.Gillies, A.Nordhues, BA.Zhang, B.Liu, J.Gestwicki, JE.Lee, DC.Gordon, MN.Morgan, D.Dickey, CA. Epitope analysis following active immunization with tau proteins reveals immunogens implicated in tau pathogenesis. Journal of neuroinflammation. 11: 152, 2014.
  • Sabbagh, JJ.O'Leary, JC.Blair, LJ.Klengel, T.Nordhues, BA.Fontaine, SN.Binder, EB.Dickey, CA. Age-associated epigenetic upregulation of the FKBP5 gene selectively impairs stress resiliency. PloS one. 9(9) : e107241, 2014.
  • Abisambra, JF.Jinwal, UK.Blair, LJ.O'Leary, JC.Li, Q.Brady, S.Wang, L.Guidi, CE.Zhang, B.Nordhues, BA.Cockman, M.Suntharalingham, A.Li, P.Jin, Y.Atkins, CA.Dickey, CA. Tau accumulation activates the unfolded protein response by impairing endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 33(22) : 9498-507, 2013.
  • Jinwal, UK.Akoury, E.Abisambra, JF.O'Leary, JC.Thompson, AD.Blair, LJ.Jin, Y.Bacon, J.Nordhues, BA.Cockman, M.Zhang, J.Li, P.Zhang, B.Borysov, S.Uversky, VN.Biernat, J.Mandelkow, E.Gestwicki, JE.Zweckstetter, M.Dickey, CA. Imbalance of Hsp70 family variants fosters tau accumulation. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 27(4) : 1450-9, 2013.
  • Blair, LJ.Zhang, B.Dickey, CA. Potential synergy between tau aggregation inhibitors and tau chaperone modulators. Alzheimer's research & therapy. 5(5) : 41, 2013.
  • Blair, LJ.Nordhues, BA.Hill, SE.Scaglione, KM.O'Leary, JC.Fontaine, SN.Breydo, L.Zhang, B.Li, P.Wang, L.Cotman, C.Paulson, HL.Muschol, M.Uversky, VN.Klengel, T.Binder, EB.Kayed, R.Golde, TE.Berchtold, N.Dickey, CA. Accelerated neurodegeneration through chaperone-mediated oligomerization of tau. The Journal of clinical investigation. 123(10) : 4158-69, 2013.
  • Koren, J.Miyata, Y.Kiray, J.O'Leary, JC.Nguyen, L.Guo, J.Blair, LJ.Li, X.Li, X.Jinwal, UK.Cheng, JQ.Gestwicki, JE.Dickey, CA. Rhodacyanine derivative selectively targets cancer cells and overcomes tamoxifen resistance. PloS one. 7(4) : e35566, 2012.
  • Suntharalingam, A.Abisambra, JF.O'Leary, JC.Koren, J.Zhang, B.Joe, MK.Blair, LJ.Hill, SE.Jinwal, UK.Cockman, M.Duerfeldt, AS.Tomarev, S.Blagg, BS.Lieberman, RL.Dickey, CA. Glucose-regulated protein 94 triage of mutant myocilin through endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation subverts a more efficient autophagic clearance mechanism. The Journal of biological chemistry. 287(48) : 40661-9, 2012.
  • O'Leary, JC.Dharia, S.Blair, LJ.Brady, S.Johnson, AG.Peters, M.Cheung-Flynn, J.Cox, Erausquin, G.Weeber, EJ.Jinwal, UK.Dickey, CA. A New Anti-Depressive Strategy for the Elderly: Ablation of FKBP5/FKBP51. PloS one. 6(9) : e24840, 2011.
  • Jones, JR.Lebar, MD.Jinwal, UK.Abisambra, JF.Koren, J.Blair, L.O'Leary, JC.Davey, Z.Trotter, J.Johnson, AG.Weeber, E.Eckman, CB.Baker, BJ.Dickey, CA. The diarylheptanoid (+)-aR,11S-myricanol and two flavones from bayberry (Myrica cerifera) destabilize the microtubule-associated protein tau. Journal of natural products. 74(1) : 38-44, 2011.
  • O'Leary, JC.Li, Q.Marinec, P.Blair, LJ.Congdon, EE.Johnson, AG.Jinwal, UK.Koren, J.Jones, JR.Kraft, C.Peters, M.Abisambra, JF.Duff, KE.Weeber, EJ.Gestwicki, JE.Dickey, CA. Phenothiazine-mediated rescue of cognition in tau transgenic mice requires neuroprotection and reduced soluble tau burden. Molecular neurodegeneration. 5: 45, 2010.
  • Jinwal, UK.O'Leary, JC.Borysov, SI.Jones, JR.Li, Q.Koren, J.Abisambra, JF.Vestal, GD.Lawson, LY.Johnson, AG.Blair, LJ.Jin, Y.Miyata, Y.Gestwicki, JE.Dickey, CA. Hsc70 rapidly engages tau after microtubule destabilization. The Journal of biological chemistry. 285(22) : 16798-805, 2010.
  • Jinwal, UK.Koren, J.Borysov, SI.Schmid, AB.Abisambra, JF.Blair, LJ.Johnson, AG.Jones, JR.Shults, CL.O'Leary, JC.Jin, Y.Buchner, J.Cox, MB.Dickey, CA. The Hsp90 cochaperone, FKBP51, increases Tau stability and polymerizes microtubules. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 30(2) : 591-9, 2010.
  • Koren, J.Jinwal, UK.Jin, Y.O'Leary, J.Jones, JR.Johnson, AG.Blair, LJ.Abisambra, JF.Chang, L.Miyata, Y.Cheng, AM.Guo, J.Cheng, JQ.Gestwicki, JE.Dickey, CA. Facilitating Akt clearance via manipulation of Hsp70 activity and levels. The Journal of biological chemistry. 285(4) : 2498-505, 2010.
  • Lee, DC.Rizer, J.Selenica, ML.Reid, P.Kraft, C.Johnson, A.Blair, L.Gordon, MN.Dickey, CA.Morgan, D. LPS- induced inflammation exacerbates phospho-tau pathology in rTg4510 mice. Journal of neuroinflammation. 7: 56, 2010.
  • Abisambra, JF.Blair, LJ.Hill, SE.Jones, JR.Kraft, C.Rogers, J.Koren, J.Jinwal, UK.Lawson, L.Johnson, AG.Wilcock, D.O'Leary, JC.Jansen-West, K.Muschol, M.Golde, TE.Weeber, EJ.Banko, J.Dickey, CA. Phosphorylation dynamics regulate Hsp27-mediated rescue of neuronal plasticity deficits in tau transgenic mice. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 30(46) : 15374-82, 2010.
  • Koren, J.Jinwal, UK.Lee, DC.Jones, JR.Shults, CL.Johnson, AG.Anderson, LJ.Dickey, CA. Chaperone signalling complexes in Alzheimer's disease. Journal of cellular and molecular medicine. 13(4) : 619-30, 2009.
  • Dickey, C.Kraft, C.Jinwal, U.Koren, J.Johnson, A.Anderson, L.Lebson, L.Lee, D.Dickson, Silva, R.Binder, LI.Morgan, D.Lewis, J. Aging analysis reveals slowed tau turnover and enhanced stress response in a mouse model of tauopathy. The American journal of pathology. 174(1) : 228-38, 2009.

Positions Held

  • Graduate Research Assistant (Molecular Medicine, MCOM, University of South Florida 2009 - 2014)
  • Research Technician (Molecular Medicine, MCOM, University of South Florida 2008 - 2009)
  • Undergraduate Research (Chemistry, University of South Florida 2006 - 2008)