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Judd Aiken

Ph.D. Professor

Dr. Judd Aiken’s primary interest is the role of the environment in the dissemination of prion diseases. Dr. Aiken’s prion research is interdisciplinary focusing on five various fields.
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Ted Allison

Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Dr. Allison is developing zebrafish as models of neurodegenerative disease, especially Prion Diseases (Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting Disease in deer) and Alzheimer Disease.
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Satyabrata Kar

Ph.D. Professor

Research in my lab focuses on two complementary themes relating to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD): Aβ-related peptides and central cholinergic neurons, also IGFs in normal brain.
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Debbie McKenzie

Ph.D. Associate Professor

My prion research interests include the role of prion protein genetics in disease resistance and susceptibility, the role of metals in pathology as well as inter and intra-species transmission.
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Valerie Sim

M.D. Assistant Professor

My interests include prion disease pathogenesis, the role of infectious oligomers in this process, and how the abnormal structure of prion protein relates to the infectious properties of these diseases.
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David Westaway

Ph.D. Professor and Director

Dr. David Westaway is a molecular biologist with a special interest in the use of genetically engineered “transgenic” mice to recreate and understand human neurologic disorders.
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Holger Wille

Ph.D. Associate Professor

The general focus of my work is the structure of amyloids and other disease-related, misfolded proteins. In particular, I am interested in the infectious prion protein (PrPSc).
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