The exponential increase of genetic studies over the last few decades has uncovered numerous genetic variants associated to neurological disorders. Often, these variants are widely expressed in every tissue and yet, they exclusively disrupt development, function or viability of specific neural populations. In fact, specific neuronal vulnerability is surprisingly common in many neurological diseases. But, why are some neurons vulnerable to disease stimuli, and why are others resistant? What determines the response of each neural type to diverse physiological and pathological conditions? And how does each neural type acquire and maintain specialized functions? These are the central questions that guide our research towards a better understanding of human brain complexity in health and diseases. READ MORE
Our current focus is in the study of childhood neurodegenerative disorders of the cerebellum and motoneurons. We combine mouse models and human stem cell derived cultures, and apply DNA/RNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and imaging methods to gain insights into functional and molecular differences between resistant and vulnerable cells. Information that we gather from these studies will serve to expand our research to other neurological disorders and neuronal types in our brain. READ MORE
07-08-2019 Welcome to Carolina Garcia-Diaz that has decided to join our lab as a graduate student!
06-04-2019 Welcome to Daniel Chow that has joined our lab for a his highschool summer research project
06-04-2019 Welcome to Coral Alicea that has joined our lab for a SUIP
05-25-2019 Welcome to Kelsey Walsh that has joined our lab as an undergrad!
04-15-2019 Congratulations to Hiab Teshome that has been selected for to receive a Spring 2019 Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research and Travel Fund!
04-01-2019 Laura Ohl has joined our lab! She is the first graduate joining our lab! Welcome!
01-22-2019 Thank you to Roberts Rapid Grant at CHOP for their support to our project!
06-04-2018 Welcome to Mara and Melissa that have joined our lab for their rotation