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Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Sandrine Da Cruz, Ph.D.

    Sandrine Da Cruz, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Understanding the involvement of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.

     - Ph.D., University of Geneva (Switzerland), 2005
     - M.S., University of Grenoble (France), 1998
     - B.S., University of Grenoble (France), 1997

  • Dara Ditsworth, Ph.D.

    Dara Ditsworth, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Stem cell strategies to study the mechanism of TDP-43 and FUS/TLS-mediated pathogenesis in neurodegeneration.

    - Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008
    - B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
    - B.S., Wharton School of Management (University of Pennsylvania), 2001

  • Adrian Israelson, Ph.D.

    Adrian Israelson, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Exploring links mutant SOD1 association to the mitochondria and its toxicity in ALS. Finding a new mechanism for mutant SOD1 toxicity, might provide new targets for future development of drugs for this devastating disease.

    - Ph.D., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2006
    - B.S., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2001

  • Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne, M.D., Ph.D.

    Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne, M.D., Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Exploring the role of TDP-43, a nucleic acid binding protein, in the pathogenesis of ALS.

     - Ph.D., University of Strasbourg (France), 2008
     - M.D. , Medical School of Strasbourg (France), 2004

  • Holly Kordasiewicz, Ph.D.

    Holly Kordasiewicz, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Dissecting disease mechanism in Huntington disease and inherited ALS using a selective gene silencing approach.

    - Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006
    - B.A.,State University of New York - Geneseo, 2001

  • Shuo-Chien Ling, Ph.D.

    Shuo-Chien Ling, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Investigating how disease-causing mutations in TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) lead to neurodegeneration.

     - Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
     - M.S., National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 1995
     - B.A., National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan, 1993

  • Philippe Parone, Ph.D.

    Philippe Parone, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: Investigating the role of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.

     - Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2002
     - B.S., University of East Anglia, 1996

  • Magdalini Polymenidou, Ph.D.

    Magdalini Polymenidou, Ph.D.

    Research Focus: investigating mechanisms by which mutations in the gene encoding for TAR DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Focused on the role of TDP-43 in RNA metabolism and exploring the possibility that pathogenic mutations on TDP-43 may deregulate the RNA homeostasis within the central nervous system.

     - Ph.D., University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2005
     - B.S., M.Sc., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2001