Center for ALS Research and Therapy

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sandrine Da Cruz, PhDSandrine Da Cruz, PhD

Research Focus:  Understanding the involvement of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Education
PhD, University of Geneva (Switzerland), 2005
MS, University of Grenoble (France), 1998
BS, University of Grenoble (France), 1997

Dara Ditsworth, PhDDara Ditsworth, PhD

Research Focus:  Stem cell strategies to study the mechanism of TDP-43 and FUS/TLS-mediated pathogenesis in neurodegeneration.
Education
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
B.S., Wharton School of Management (University of Pennsylvania), 2001

Adrian Israelson, PhDAdrian Israelson, PhD

Research Focus: Exploring links mutant SOD1 association to the mitochondria and its toxicity in ALS. Finding a new mechanism for mutant SOD1 toxicity, might provide new targets for future development of drugs for this devastating disease.
Education
Ph.D., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2006
B.S., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2001

Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne, MD, PhDClotilde Lagier-Tourenne, MD, PhD

Research Focus:  exploring the role of TDP-43, a nucleic acid binding protein, in the pathogenesis of ALS. Education
PhD, University of Strasbourg (France),  2008
MD , Medical School of Strasbourg (France), 2004

Holly Kordasiewicz, PhDHolly Kordasiewicz, PhD

Research Focus: Dissecting disease mechanism in Huntington disease and inherited ALS using a selective gene silencing approach.
Education
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2006
BA, State University of New York - Geneseo, 2001

Shuo-Chien Ling, PhDShuo-Chien Ling, PhD

Research Focus:  Investigating how disease-causing mutations in TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) lead to neurodegeneration.
Education:
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
M.S., National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 1995
B.A., National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan, 1993

Philippe Parone, PhDPhilippe Parone, PhD

Research Focus:  Investigating the role of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Education
PhD, University of Cambridge, 2002
BS, University of East Anglia, 1996

Magdalini Polymenidou, PhDMagdalini Polymenidou, PhD

Research Focus: investigating mechanisms by which mutations in the gene encoding for TAR DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Focused on the role of TDP-43 in RNA metabolism and exploring the possibility that pathogenic mutations on TDP-43 may deregulate the RNA homeostasis within the central nervous system.
Education
PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2005
BS, MSc, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2001