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Michael Henderson, PhD

Assistant Professor at Van Andel Institute

Location: Grand Rapids, MI United States

Dr. Michael Henderson leads the Henderson Neurodegenerative Disease Lab at Van Andel Institute. His research focuses on understanding the pathological progression of Parkinson’s disease using cell and animal models in which the pathologies of disease can be recapitulated. Dr. Henderson received his PhD in neuroscience from Yale University, where he studied how neuronal synapses are properly maintained over time, and he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, where he used misfolded protein seeding models to understand the impact of genetic risk factors on the progression of pathology.

Associated Grants

  • Characterization of the Contributions of Alpha-synuclein and Tau Aggregation in a Preclinical Model of Parkinson’s Disease Progression


  • 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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