Dr. Kurup received his PhD from the University of Kerala, India in 2006. He obtained his postdoctoral training at Yale University working with Dr. Paul Lombroso. During his postdoctoral study, he discovered the regulation of the protein tyrosine phosphatase (STriatal Enriched protein tyrosine Phosphatase or STEP) through a ubiquitin proteasome system and its implication in Alzheimer’s disease. His long-term research focuses on understanding the neuronal functions of STEP in synaptic plasticity, long term memory, neuronal excitotoxicity and its implications in various CNS disorders. Currently, he holds an associate research scientist position at the Yale University School of Medicine where he continues his research with Dr. Lombroso studying the role of STEP in schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.