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Michael Henderson, PhD

Assistant Professor at Van Andel Institute

Location: Grand Rapids, MI United States

Michael Henderson, PhD, is a neuroscientist whose focus is on the impact of protein pathologies and genetic risk factors on the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. He earned his BS in biological science from Florida State University, followed by his PhD in neuroscience from Yale University. He conducted his doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Sreeganga Chandra and moved to the University of Pennsylvania for his postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research with Dr. Virginia Lee. In 2020, Dr. Henderson joined Van Andel Institute’s Department of Neurodegenerative Science as an assistant professor.

Dr. Henderson’s lab uses neuronal culture, pre-clinical models, and human brain to investigate the underlying pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease and leverages that knowledge to develop and evaluate therapeutics for these diseases.

Associated Grants

  • Understanding and Manipulating Cellular and Circuit-level Vulnerability to Neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease


  • The Role of LRRK2 in the Accumulation and Spread of Tau Protein


  • Investigating the Role of LRRK2 in Tau Pathogenesis


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