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Michael Henderson, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA United States

Dr. Michael Henderson is a senior postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, where he studied the regulation of a channel protein that plays a role in brain inflammation. During his PhD studies at Yale University, Dr. Henderson investigated protein folding in the brain and identified the primary pathological aggregate in rare cases of adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), a group of inherited neurodegenerative disorders.

His postdoctoral work has focused on understanding the cell-signaling pathways underlying Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis and testing therapeutic molecules in preclinical models. He is now investigating how genetic risk factors can alter the cell-to-cell spread and toxicity of pathological proteins in the brain.

Associated Grants

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


  • Investigating the Role of LRRK2 in Tau Pathogenesis


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