12/13/2019 Virginia Cobbs, Mountain Brook high school student that worked in the lab this summer, was accepted to Princeton!!  We can't wait to see her amazing future accomplishments!

10/018/19 Lindsay Stoyka's poster was selected as one of the top 3 at the National Udall Parkinson's Disease Centers for Excellence meeting in Bethesda, MD.

08/01/19 Lindsay Stoyka's work was featured in fantastic article at written by Mike Oliver who has DLB and is a huge advocate for research:  https://www.al.com/life/2019/07/i-hope-this-will-be-my-obituary.html.

06/07/19 We have been featured in a blog post from the Michael J. Fox Foundation:  https://www.michaeljfox.org/news/ask-phd-understanding-forms-alpha-synuclein.

05/29/19 Our study, "Defining alpha-synuclein species responsible for Parkinson's disease phenotypes in mice" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry"!! This was a fantastic collaboration with Nunilo Cremades of the University of Zaragoza in Spain and Chris Dobson's lab at the Unversity of Cambridge in  England.  We particularly appreciate the hard work of the two first authors, Jessica Froula and Marta Castellana-Cruz. 

04/26/19 Baraa Hijaz was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious math and science award for undergraduates.

04/17/19 Vijay Singh was awarded the Parkinson's Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship! Congrats Vijay!

03/18/19 Charlie won first prize for her poster at the CNET retreat!!


20190318 11503203/18/19 The lab cleans up nicely for the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics annual retreat. 


















03/15/19 Jennifer Freire announced she will be attending Boston University's Pharmacology PhD Program!  Congratulations Jenn!!

barra at capitol hill
02/26/19 Baraa (on the right in the picture) is with the Michael J Fox Foundation today at Capitol Hill urging Congress to increase Parkinson's Disease research funding for the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense.  This is important for finding treatments to halt the progression of the disease. This is also important for encouraging smart, young, talented students to enter careers focusing on Neurodegenerative disease research.




















02/05/19 Baraa Hijaz was one out of only 3 students selected to give a plenary talk at the 2019 Stanford Research Conference.


12/12/18 Baraa Hijaz was selected as one of four institutional nominees for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

11/30/18 Laura presented at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Neurodegenerative Diseases Conference.

11/05/2018 Nadia Anabtawi (former undergrad in lab) announced she was accepted to UAB for Medical School.

8/22/2018 Lindsay Stoyka was awarded the F30 Ruth L. Kirchstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PHD degree Fellowship.

08/07/2018 Neena John (former undergrad in lab) started medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

7/25/2018 Aseel Dib (former undergrad in lab) announced she is attending UAB for medical school.

04/05/2018 Jessica Froula is first author on our publication “α-Synuclein fibril-induced paradoxical structural and functional defects in hippocampal neurons” in Acta Neuropathological Communications.

4/06/2018 Jessica Froula informed us she will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Neuroscience PhD program.

3/14/2018 Nadia Anabtawi, an undergraduate Neuroscience Honors student, was awarded the Parkinson's Foundation-APDA summer student Fellowship. She will be examining how different pathological conformers of alpha-synuclein enter and spread throughout neurons.

3/17/2018 Baraa Hijaz, an undergraduate Neuroscience Honors student, was awarded the prestigious Amgen Scholarship. He will be performing research at Standford University this summer. He will go to Stanford after he spends a few weeks in Greece aiding Syrian refugees.