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Saurav Brahmachari, PhD

Saurav Brahmachari, PhDSaurav Brahmachari, PhD

Saurav Brahmachari, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow who has received his training in neurochemistry, neuroimmunology and neuropharmacology with particular emphasis on understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Dr Brahmachari has expertise in cell biology, protein biochemistry and immune histochemistry and cytochemistry. He uses this expertise to evaluate and characterize the phosphorylation of alpha-synuclein by c-Abl in PD and mouse models of alpha-synucleinopathy. His studies will provide new mechanistic insights into alpha-synucleinopathy and Parkinson’s disease.  Dr Brahmachari is collaboratively involved in Project 1 and Project 2. He is responsible for conducting experiments described in Aim 3 of Project 1 and Aims 2 and 3 of Project 2. He is supervised by Dr Ted Dawson and Dr Han Soek Ko.

Christine Jelinek, PhD

Christine Jelinek, PhD

Christine Jelinek, Ph.D. is a Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation Research Fellow with the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing her doctoral research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine under the advisement of Robert J. Cotter, she entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology under his advisement which was completed in 2013. Dr. Jelinek then accepted a research fellowship at John Hopkins under the advisement of Dr. Jennifer Van Eyk in the Department of Cardiology, and Drs. Ted and Valina Dawson in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Jelinek is currently working to identify and validate biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease using mass spectrometric-based strategies. Within this context she is responsible for developing and validating quantitative mass spectrometry biomarker assays using clinical patient sample cohorts.

Yulan Xiong, PhD

Yulan Xiong, PhDYulan Xiong, PhD

Yulan Xiong, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow who has received her training in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and protein biochemistry. Dr Xiong has expertise in developing molecular and cellular models of Parkinson’s disease. She uses her expertise in yeast, fly and mouse genetics to study LRRK2 biology in Parkinson’s disease. She has developed a robust yeast model of LRRK2-induced toxicity and her results provide new insights into the basic pathobiology of LRRK2. Dr Xiong is responsible for conducting the experiments described in Aims 1, 2 and 4 of Project 3. She is supervised by Dr Valina L. Dawson.


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