Robert J Vassar, PhD
Scientific Director of Behavioral Neurology in the Department of 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.
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Alzheimer's DiseaseBiochemistry: ProteinsCell BiologyMolecular GeneticsMolecular BiologyNeuroscienceAgingAlzheimer's Drug
Education and Certification
- PhD: University of Chicago, Molecular Genetics (1992)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: Columbia University, Molecular Neuroscience (1996)
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