Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1996
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Newark; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Myelinating cell lineages.
Cell Biology, Myelin Biology
Memberships and Professional Service
Society for Neuroscience, American Society for
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Research Award, Busch Biomedical Faculty, Rutgers University, 2004; Young Investigator Award, American Society for Neurochemistry, 2003; Postdoctoral Research Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1997-2000; Young Investigator Award, The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, 1994.
Academic Interests and Plans
During evolution, the appearance of myelinating cells enabled the vertebrate nervous system to become large and complex by allowing saltatory conductivity of the nerve impulse. The long-term objective of my research is to resolve fundamental questions in structure, function and genesis of the myelinating cell lineages. I focus on Schwann cells – the myelinating cells of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). However, many of the issues I address are generic ones that pertain also to oligodendrocytes, the myelinating cell of the central nervous system (CNS). My research is thus relevant to a broad range of demyelinating disorders including Multiple Sclerosis, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, peripheral neuropathies secondary to cancer chemotherapy, motor deficits related to glial injury (periventricular leukomalacia), and learning disabilities.