Andrew West, PhD
John A. and Ruth R. Jurenko Professor of Neurology at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Co-Director at Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Dr. Andrew West, PhD, is a Professor of Neurology supported by the John A. and Ruth R. Jurenko Endowed Professorship for Parkinson disease research at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. West received his PhD in molecular neuroscience from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles in the laboratory of Nigel Maidment and a second postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Ted Dawson at Johns Hopkins, followed by an instructor faculty position in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins.
In 2008, the West laboratory opened at UAB with a mission to identify critical pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurologic diseases like Parkinsonís disease, develop new and relevant model systems, and focus on the LRRK2 protein as a therapeutic target, as a biomarker, and as a window into new mechanisms important in neurodegeneration. In a little over a decade, Dr. West has authored more than 75 publications characterizing biochemical mechanisms underlying Parkinsonís disease.
Dr. West serves as co-director of Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET) at UAB. CNET consists of 30 laboratories in 10 different departments with primary and peripheral interests in neurodegenerative disease. Working closely with basic neuroscientists in CNET and drug discovery scientists in the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance, Dr. West aims to facilitate collaborative efforts in translational approaches relevant to neurodegenerative disease.