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  • Carla Abdelnour

    Carla Abdelnour

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    BioOriginally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Carla Abdelnour received her medical degree at the Central University of Venezuela, and then completed her neurology residency training at the University Hospital Príncipe de Asturias in Madrid, Spain. She conducted her doctorate in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona working with Drs. Dag Aarsland, Javier Pagonabarraga and Jaime Kulisevsky. Her thesis focused on the influence of Alzheimer´s disease copathology in atrophy patterns, longitudinal cognitive decline, and heterogeneity of patients with dementia with Lewy bodies.
    Carla´s main interest is the study of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Lewy body disease. Her plan is to investigate the impact of different comorbidities in the clinical presentation, cognitive profile, and disease progression of Lewy body disease. Additionally, she wants to study the biological underpinnings of prodromal Lewy body disease to identify potential biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis.

  • Michael Eddy F Belloy

    Michael Eddy F Belloy

    Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    BioMy broad scientific goal is to investigate neurological disorders with the aim of identifying novel mechanisms that improve understanding of disease pathophysiology and that could lead to novel drug development. I pursue this goal by investigating the genetic risk factors of the respective disease under question, studying how they contribute to disruptions of brain function measured by in vivo imaging techniques, and how they correlate with the presentation of disease-sensitive biomarkers. Within this broader scope, my primary interest is to focus specifically on Alzheimer's disease, elucidating the genetic, molecular, and clinical spectrum of the disease, and hopefully, eventually, contributing to the path towards a cure.

    I am a highly interdisciplinary scientist with experience in programming (using various scripting languages), advanced data analyses methods, neuroimaging, and studies of preclinical mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. I also have a long-standing interest in brain function and network dynamics in both health and disease. More recently, I have further gained experience into the clinical aspects, imaging approaches, and genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. Altogether, this translates into my current research strategy in which I investigate large-scale multimodal datasets that contain information on genetics, clinical outcome measures, structural and functional brain properties, and other biomarker data.

    I am currently a third-year post-doc at Stanford university, under the lead of Dr. Michael D Greicius. My main aims in this lab are to identify genetic factors that may be causative to Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, I aim to uncover genetic risk factors that interact with the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene to alter risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Further, I seek to identify how these genetic interactions with APOE differ by sex, age, and ethnicity. I believe this will allow the identification of novel genes relevant to Alzheimer's disease and contribute to advancing personalized genetic medicine.

    During my PhD, supervised by Dr. Marleen Verhoye, Dr. Shella Keilholz and Dr. Georgios A Keliris, I worked on developing dynamic resting state functional (rsf)MRI in mice, which lead to the first observation of mouse Quasi-Periodic patterns, and related applications for Alzheimer's disease research in rodents. I still have an ongoing interest in dynamic rsfMRI research.

  • Sumana Bhowmick

    Sumana Bhowmick

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    BioMy main research interests focus on isolation and characterizing novel compounds and producing them with sufficient purity to be tested in biological systems followed by target discovery the use of '-omics' technologies.
    My aim is to get associated with a challenging position within an organization wherein I can use my skills to the optimum level and at the same time get an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and pursue skills for further research work.

  • Eran Blacher

    Eran Blacher

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    BioDr. Blacher carried out his B.Sc studies in Life Sciences (2007-2010) and proceeded to Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology (2010-2015) under the Dean’s list honors direct Ph.D. program for outstanding students of Tel-Aviv University, Israel. His postdoctoral studies were carried out at the lab of Prof. Eran Elinav from the Immunology department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2015-2018), where he studied the role of the Microbiome-gut-brain axis in the context of neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Mingyu Chung

    Mingyu Chung

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsRegulation of cell cycle and quiescence in tissue regeneration, homeostasis, and aging.