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.

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Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.

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.

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