Malú Gámez Tansey obtained her BS/MS in biological sciences from Stanford University and her PhD in physiology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Tansey spent two years in the biotech sector in Los Angeles after post-doctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to academia as an assistant professor of physiology at UT Southwestern. She became a tenured associate professor of physiology in 2008 at UTSW and moved to Emory University in Atlanta in 2009, where she became professor of physiology and director of the Center for Neurodysfunction and Inflammation.
She is now a professor of neuroscience and director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease and the first endowed chair of the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The general research interests of Dr. Tansey’s laboratory include investigating mechanisms underlying the role of immune and inflammatory responses in health and disease, in particular the role and regulation of central and peripheral inflammatory and immune system responses in modulating the gene-environment and gut-brain axis interactions that determine risk for development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and neuropsychiatric diseases like depression.