Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Robert J Vassar, PhD

Robert J Vassar, PhD

Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology)

Focus of Work


Our research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease. In particular, we investigate the beta-secretase enzyme BACE1, which initiates the production of the beta-amyloid peptide that plays a central early role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's. We use a combination of biochemical, cell culture and animal model approaches to investigate the role of BACE1 in health and disease.


Education and Certification

  • PhD: University of Chicago, Molecular Genetics (1992)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Columbia University, Molecular Neuroscience (1996)