Kostas Vekrellis, PhD
Researcher Β (equivalent to Associate professor, Neurobiology) at Center for Basic Research, Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens
Location: Athens, Greece
Kostas Vekrellis, PhD, received his BSc and PhD in Neuroscience from the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology of University College London Medical School. He then became a postdoctoral fellow and later an instructor at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he studied clearance (removal from the brain) of amyloid-beta, a protein implicated in Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Vekrellis is a senior researcher in the Division of Basic Research at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA), Greece. He has extensive experience in pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo models of neurodegenerative diseases. He studies the role of protein oligomerization, misfolding and aggregation -- changes that can make proteins toxic -- in neurodegenerative disease. In particular, he uses in vivo and in vitro models to investigate how toxic proteins spread between nerve cells and searches for ways to remove these proteins from the brain. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford Medical School, the Division of Experimental Medicine.
- Searching for and Targeting Calcium Channels that Control Alpha-synuclein Release (2018)
- Anti-inflammatory Role of Activin-A in Protection against Alpha-synuclein-mediated Pathology (2015)
- Investigation of the Mechanisms Involved in Alpha-synuclein Secretion In Vivo (2012)
- In Vivo Assessment of Alpha-Synuclein Secretion (2008)