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Robert Reenan, PhD

Professor of Biology at Brown University, MCB Department

Location: Providence, RI United States

Dr. Reenan trained as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Kolodner at Harvard Medical School where he studied the process of DNA repair in yeast, discovering genes that would become important in human cancer. He then pursued postdoctoral work in the Laboratory of Genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison under Dr. Barry Ganetzky. There, he started a lifelong love affair with behavioral neurogenetics studying, in particular, ion channel genes in the fruit fly. He began his independent career at the University of Connecticut Medical School in the Department of Genetics where he discovered the process of RNA editing in the nervous system of the fly. Reenan joined the faculty at Brown University in the summer of 2006. Since joining Brown, studies in RNA editing and gene regulation have continued. In addition, our laboratory has increasingly utilized the process of homologous recombination to generate genetically accurate models of human inherited neurological disorders such as epilepsy,frontotemporal dementia and now, Parkinson‰Ûªs Disease.

Associated Grants

  • Accurate Drosophila Genetic Models of LRRK2-based Parkinson's Disease


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