Dr. Madhavan M.D., PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona. She is also a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience, Physiology and Molecular, Cellular Biology graduate programs at UA.
Dr. Madhavan’s research centers on stem cells and age-related neurological diseases. Currently, her lab is focused predominantly on Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and is engaged in three main endeavors: (1) Understanding the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of stem cells in preclinical models of PD, (2) Studying stem cell potential in the context of brain aging, and (3) Creating patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells to study the etiology of Parkinson’s Disease. These projects are united by a common goal, which is to investigate core problems hindering the development of effective stem cell-based therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, the work represents a novel path of research for not only Parkinson’s Disease therapy, but has broad implications for developing treatments for Aging, and several other age-related neurodegenerative disorders.
Lab Wepage: http://madhavanlab.medicine.arizona.edu/