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    Marcel Alavi Alavi Khorassani Moghadam, PhD

    TitlePostdoctoral Scholar
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address10 Koret Way
    San Francisco CA 94143
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      Foundation Fighting Blindness2014Travel Award - RD2014
      Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany2010PhD with the highest honors, summa cum laude
      GlaxoSmithKline2009Travel Award - ARVO 2009
      European Retinal Research Training Network RETNET2007Fellowship
      GlaxoSmithKline2007Travel Award - ARVO 2007

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      I study different aspects related to ER stress, a condition where misfolded proteins accumulate within cells ultimately causing cell death. I established tools for in vivo monitoring of ER stress in collaboration with Jonathan Lin at UCSD. We showed increased ER stress in vivo in a mouse model for retinal degeneration. I also characterized the retinal phenotype of mutant type IV collagen mice and found vascular lesions associated with ER stress. In collaboration with Scott Oakes and Feroz Papa at UCSF I tested new therapies preventing cells to die upon ER stress.

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      1. Alavi MV. Aging and Vision. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016; 854:393-9.
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      2. Alavi MV, Chiang WC, Kroeger H, Yasumura D, Matthes MT, Iwawaki T, LaVail MM, Gould DB, Lin JH. In Vivo Visualization of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Retina Using the ERAI Reporter Mouse. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Oct 1; 56(11):6961-70.
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      3. Ghosh R, Wang L, Wang ES, Perera BG, Igbaria A, Morita S, Prado K, Thamsen M, Caswell D, Macias H, Weiberth KF, Gliedt MJ, Alavi MV, Hari SB, Mitra AK, Bhhatarai B, Schürer SC, Snapp EL, Gould DB, German MS, Backes BJ, Maly DJ, Oakes SA, Papa FR. Allosteric inhibition of the IRE1a RNase preserves cell viability and function during endoplasmic reticulum stress. Cell. 2014 Jul 31; 158(3):534-48.
        View in: PubMed PMC4244221
      4. Alavi MV, Fuhrmann N. Dominant optic atrophy, OPA1, and mitochondrial quality control: understanding mitochondrial network dynamics. Mol Neurodegener. 2013; 8:32.
        View in: PubMed PMC3856479
      5. Caffin F, Prola A, Piquereau J, Novotova M, David DJ, Garnier A, Fortin D, Alavi MV, Veksler V, Ventura-Clapier R, Joubert F. Altered skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis but improved endurance capacity in trained OPA1-deficient mice. J Physiol. 2013 Dec 1; 591(Pt 23):6017-37.
        View in: PubMed PMC3872767
      6. Piquereau J, Caffin F, Novotova M, Prola A, Garnier A, Mateo P, Fortin D, Huynh le H, Nicolas V, Alavi MV, Brenner C, Ventura-Clapier R, Veksler V, Joubert F. Down-regulation of OPA1 alters mouse mitochondrial morphology, PTP function, and cardiac adaptation to pressure overload. Cardiovasc Res. 2012 Jun 1; 94(3):408-17.
        View in: PubMed PMC3863708
      7. Nguyen D, Alavi MV, Kim KY, Kang T, Scott RT, Noh YH, Lindsey JD, Wissinger B, Ellisman MH, Weinreb RN, Perkins GA, Ju WK. A new vicious cycle involving glutamate excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dynamics. Cell Death Dis. 2011; 2:e240.
        View in: PubMed PMC3252734
      8. Carelli V, Schimpf S, Fuhrmann N, Valentino ML, Zanna C, Iommarini L, Papke M, Schaich S, Tippmann S, Baumann B, Barboni P, Longanesi L, Rugolo M, Ghelli A, Alavi MV, Youle RJ, Bucchi L, Carroccia R, Giannoccaro MP, Tonon C, Lodi R, Cenacchi G, Montagna P, Liguori R, Wissinger B. A clinically complex form of dominant optic atrophy (OPA8) maps on chromosome 16. Hum Mol Genet. 2011 May 15; 20(10):1893-905.
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      9. Fuhrmann N, Schimpf S, Kamenisch Y, Leo-Kottler B, Alexander C, Auburger G, Zrenner E, Wissinger B, Alavi MV. Solving a 50 year mystery of a missing OPA1 mutation: more insights from the first family diagnosed with autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Mol Neurodegener. 2010; 5:25.
        View in: PubMed PMC2893178
      10. Sancho-Pelluz J, Alavi MV, Sahaboglu A, Kustermann S, Farinelli P, Azadi S, van Veen T, Romero FJ, Paquet-Durand F, Ekström P. Excessive HDAC activation is critical for neurodegeneration in the rd1 mouse. Cell Death Dis. 2010; 1:e24.
        View in: PubMed PMC3032332
      11. Heiduschka P, Schnichels S, Fuhrmann N, Hofmeister S, Schraermeyer U, Wissinger B, Alavi MV. Electrophysiological and histologic assessment of retinal ganglion cell fate in a mouse model for OPA1-associated autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Mar; 51(3):1424-31.
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      12. Alavi MV, Fuhrmann N, Nguyen HP, Yu-Wai-Man P, Heiduschka P, Chinnery PF, Wissinger B. Subtle neurological and metabolic abnormalities in an Opa1 mouse model of autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Exp Neurol. 2009 Dec; 220(2):404-9.
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      13. Fuhrmann N, Alavi MV, Bitoun P, Woernle S, Auburger G, Leo-Kottler B, Yu-Wai-Man P, Chinnery P, Wissinger B. Genomic rearrangements in OPA1 are frequent in patients with autosomal dominant optic atrophy. J Med Genet. 2009 Feb; 46(2):136-44.
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      14. Weisschuh N, Alavi MV, Bonin M, Wissinger B. Identification of genes that are linked with optineurin expression using a combined RNAi--microarray approach. Exp Eye Res. 2007 Oct; 85(4):450-61.
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      15. Alavi MV, Bette S, Schimpf S, Schuettauf F, Schraermeyer U, Wehrl HF, Ruttiger L, Beck SC, Tonagel F, Pichler BJ, Knipper M, Peters T, Laufs J, Wissinger B. A splice site mutation in the murine Opa1 gene features pathology of autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Brain. 2007 Apr; 130(Pt 4):1029-42.
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      16. Alavi M, Schleiff E. Plant Science. Analysis of expression patterns of translocon subunits of chloroplasts and mitochondria. 2005; 168(6):1533-1539.
      17. Vojta A, Alavi M, Becker T, Hörmann F, Küchler M, Soll J, Thomson R, Schleiff E. The protein translocon of the plastid envelopes. J Biol Chem. 2004 May 14; 279(20):21401-5.
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