Jason Eriksen

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Understanding the Role of Conformational Protein Disorders in Learning and Memory

In order to develop a deeper understanding of neurodegenerative disorders, a unifying theme in our lab is the study of mechanisms by which protein misfolding in the central nervous system leads to severe brain degeneration. We study a number of different molecular pathways to understand how neurodegenerative pathology exerts its effects on learning and memory; we use this knowledge in our work to develop therapeutic agents that can be used to diagnose and treat these diseases. Our research suggests that the manipulation of protein quality control systems may exert dramatic effects on the development of pathology in these diseases.Toward this end, we employ a variety of experimental approaches, including basic biochemisty, cell based assays, and the use of transgenic models of learning and memory.

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