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 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.
My research interest is inherited blinding diseases with particular focus on mitochondria and their contribution to pathology.
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