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Where Are They Now?
Future discoveries that will lead to a reduction in the burden of neurological disorders will require an outstanding cadre of scientists in basic, clinical, and translational research across all segments of society. Here we highlight those outstanding neuroscientists who have taken advantage of the many NINDS diversity programs to become successful researchers in their field.
Dr. Deisre Tshala-Katumbay
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon
In 2005, I received a Diversity K01 award from NINDS to help develop my expertise in Neurotoxicology, Experimental Neurology, and Global Health. Under the guidance of my mentor, I immersed myself into challenging technologies to further elucidate the structure-activity requirements for hydrocarbons to induce neurotoxicity, identify markers (proteins) and their respective moieties that appear critically associated with mechanisms of axonal degeneration. My research continues to examine the physicochemical properties of natural/environmental neurotoxicants to probe the pathophysiology of the motor system. For instance, I have been able to deliver small peptides selectively to neurons via retrograde axonal transport and hence, circumventing the hurdles posed the blood brain barrier for drug candidates to reach the nervous system (achievement under US provisional patent).
In 2009, I was awarded an R21 grant from NIEHS to develop a Global Health line of research in relation to cassava cyanogenesis and motor neuron disease. This grant led to the successful submission in 2011 of a R01 grant to continue with this research. The NINDS-K01 award helped to propel me to positions with both national and international recognition. I currently serve on the NAS (National Academy of Sciences) North American regional committee of IBRO and NIH study sections while pursuing my research lines on mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases
Transition Outcome: R01 (awarded 2011)
Research Interest: My current line of research focuses on the complex interactions between diet, environmental factors, and genetic polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of motor system degeneration. Research findings, publications, and description of global health activities can be found at Tshala-Katumbay Lab.
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Last Modified December 2, 2013