Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuroscience and Developmental Biology, College of Medicine
Expertise: Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, Neural Stem Cell Biology and Applications

Dr. Ahmad’s lab has three major research objectives: first, to understand the regulation of neural stem cells in terms of their proliferation, state of commitment and differentiation; second, to use information from these studies to understand and treat degenerative changes in the retina that causes blindness in such devastating diseases as the age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and glaucoma; and third, to identify alternate sources of neural progenitors (adult and iP stem cells) in order to sustain clinical applications.

Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.

Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Development, College of Medicine
Expertise: Neurodegeneration, Neuroprotection, Neural Stem Cell Biology and Applications

Dr. Fox’s laboratory focuses on the mechanisms by which neurons protect themselves from injury and death, and strategies to maintain and amplify these processes during disease and aging. Neurons can be damaged by events occurring within the neurons themselves, or from outside factors such as glia or inflammatory cells. Understanding the normal and injury-induced ways that neurons use to defend themselves from this intrinsic and extrinsic destructive agents, and keep themselves alive for our lifetime, has yielded clues to strategies to either keep neurons functioning or replace them through regenerative means. Our studies will lead to both means to protect from disease as well as strategies for treatment of neurodegenerative conditions. 



 

Jialin Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, College of Medicine
Expertise: Neurodegeneration, Dementia, Neural Stem Cell Biology and Applications

Dr. Zheng’s laboratory focuses on the effects of brain inflammation on neuronal injury and changes in neural stem/progenitor cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and survival during brain disorders. Identification of the pathways by which neuronal injury and changes in neural stem/progenitor cells occur during brain inflammation will eventually lead to further understanding of brain disorders such as dementia. This will lead to potential new therapies for these diseases.

Jialin Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.