Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology

Loukia  Parisiadou, PhD

Loukia Parisiadou, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Focus of Work

Bio

Our research focuses on the elucidation of the cellular and molecular events by which mutations in genes linked to Parkinson’s disease (PD) contribute to disease pathology. PD has been classically considered a sporadic disease, however, it is now recognized to have a substantial genetic component. Interestingly, the same genes involved in the autosomal-dominantly inherited forms of PD such as SNCA (a-synuclein), and LRRK2 can act as risk factors in sporadic PD, as well. Given the relevance of LR...[Read full text]Our research focuses on the elucidation of the cellular and molecular events by which mutations in genes linked to Parkinson’s disease (PD) contribute to disease pathology. PD has been classically considered a sporadic disease, however, it is now recognized to have a substantial genetic component. Interestingly, the same genes involved in the autosomal-dominantly inherited forms of PD such as SNCA (a-synuclein), and LRRK2 can act as risk factors in sporadic PD, as well. Given the relevance of LRRK2 and a-synuclein with the sporadic forms of PD, our long-term research goal by interrogating a-synuclein and mainly LRRK2-dependent alterations at the cellular, network and behavioral levels is to understand the pathophysiology of PD. The gained knowledge will provide useful insights towards the development of mechanism-based therapeutic opportunities for a disease that is currently addressed symptomatically.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: University of Athens, Biology (2006)

Contact

312-503-2652

Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center Room 8-127
303 E Superior
Chicago IL 60611