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Lab News

12-10-15 Tony featured on TED's Year in Ideas

Tony's TED talk has reached 1,000,000 views and is featured in TED's Year in Ideas (starting at 1:07), highlighting the lab's work in one of the biggest scientific steps of 2015.

10-06-15 Tony receives a NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Tony received a NIH Director’s Pioneer Award to study mammalian rejuvenation and aging using bioorthogonal chemistry. The press release and project description can be found on the program website.

09-10-15 Liz receives a K99 award

Liz received an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99) from the NINDS. Congratulations Liz!

08-04-15 Tony and Saul are featured in The Guardian

Tony and Saul talk in depth about the past and future of rejuvenation in a recent article in The Guardian. The article can be read here.

06-16-15 Tony speaks at TEDGlobalLondon
Tony talks at TEDGlobalLondon. View the presentation here.

Research Interests

TGF-β signaling in the CNS and role in CNS disease - We discovered that abnormal TGF-β signaling may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease using a number of engineered mouse models that allow us to regulate TGF-β signaling in different cell types. Other studies showed that TGF-β1 can promote accumulation of immune cells in models of autoimmune disease but it can also support the late stages of adult neurogenesis and increase survival of neurons. Engineered mouse models which lack TGF-β receptors in neurons or report activation of signaling by producing indicator proteins are currently being used to study the role of TGF-β signaling in normal CNS function and disease. To try to exploit the beneficial effects of TGF-β signaling in neurons we are developing small molecule activators of this pathway.

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