Molecular Medicine

Gopal Thinakaran

Gopal Thinakaran, PhD

Associate Dean for Neuroscience Research, Morsani College of Medicine

Associate Director of Research, Neuroscience Institute, Morsani College of Medicine

Bagnor Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’S Research, Morsani College of Medicine

Professor, College of Medicine Molecular Medicine

Contact Info 4001 E Fletcher Avenue
MDC36
Tampa FL 33613

Academic Email: thinakaran@usf.edu

Academic Phone:(813) 974-9214

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Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Biomedical Engineering & Nanomedicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neuroscience

Research Interests

  • My lab (www.thinakaranlab.org) investigates mechanisms regulating Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. For over twenty years, we have investigated multiple aspects of AD cell biology. Our research has provided valuable insights into the regulation of APP trafficking and metabolism by APP secretases, the subcellular sites and membrane microdomains involved in the generation of beta-amyloid peptides, and neuronal transcytosis of BACE1. Recently, we have characterized an essential function for the late-onset AD risk factor BIN1 in regulating synaptic vesicle dynamics that impacts on spatial learning and memory. We use an integrated approach that combines hypothesis-driven mutagenesis, biochemical characterization, detailed subcellular localization, advanced microscopy, live-cell imaging, and electrophysiology to accomplish our goals. Cultured non-neuronal cells, primary hippocampal neurons, transgenic, knock-out, and gene-targeted mice serve as experimental models in our investigation.