Research interest in neurodegenerative diseases include understanding the pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegeneration, accumulation of pathogenic proteins and test novel effective neuroprotective mechanisms. My long-term research interests are to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for autophagy and cell death, in the context of a variety of human diseases. Ongoing studies include identifying novel regulatory mechanisms of autophagy-lysosomal function and novel targets that can be used to design therapeutic treatment. Insights gained from some of our studies may also be applicable to the understanding of other diseases.

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