Marcel Alavi Alavi Khorassani Moghadam, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||10 Koret Way|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Foundation Fighting Blindness||2014||Travel Award - RD2014|
|Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany||2010||PhD with the highest honors, summa cum laude|
|GlaxoSmithKline||2009||Travel Award - ARVO 2009|
|European Retinal Research Training Network RETNET||2007||Fellowship|
|GlaxoSmithKline||2007||Travel Award - ARVO 2007|
My research interest is inherited blinding diseases with particular focus on mitochondria and their contribution to pathology. My enthusiasm for science arose as research assistant in Rudi Grosschedl’s lab at the Gene-Centre of the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), München, Germany. For my diploma thesis I studied protein import into chloroplasts in Jürgen Soll’s lab, which spurred my interested in organelle research. After receiving my Diploma in Biology from the LMU, I aimed for human disease related research and moved to the University Eye Hospital, Tübingen, Germany to study Dominant Optic Atrophy (DOA), a juvenile optic neuropathy that is related to mitochondria. During my PhD studies in Bernd Wissinger’s lab I did an internship as RetNet Fellow (Marie Curie European Retinal Research Training Network Fellowship) in Per Ekstöm’s lab at the Wallenberg Neuroscience Centre, Lund University, Sweden, where I studied histone deacetylase activity in the RD1 mouse, a model for early photoreceptor degeneration. I was awarded my PhD with summa cum laude by the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and joined Uwe Wolfrum’s lab at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow where I worked on Usher-Syndrome, the most frequent cause of inherited combined deaf-blindness. After working for one year for Miltenyi Biotec, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany I joined Doug Gould’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow to continue my studies on inherited blinding diseases.
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