Avik Roy, PhD, received his PhD in neuroscience from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. His primary research interest is to study the role of glial activation and inflammation in the pathology of Parkinson’s disease. He has demonstrated that nitric oxide (NO) plays a crucial role in the activation of microglial cells and continued further to reveal that reactive oxygen species also require NO to stimulate glial inflammation towards the death of DA neurons. Currently, he is investigating the role of an ankyrin repeat containing anti-tumorigenic protein BPOZ-2 in the amelioration of alpha-synuclein pathology in the nigra of mouse brain. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the JE Trufant Excellence in Research Award conferred by Rush Graduate College, the Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Award presented by American Society for Neurochemistry, and many other national and international awards. At present, Dr. Roy serves as an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center.