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gunawardenaDr. Shermali Gunawardena

Associate Professor
Office: Cooke 329
Tel: (716) 645-4915

Ph.D. University of Arizona
Postdoctoral Research at University of California, San Diego

Dr. Gunawardena’s Lab Website

Dr. Gunawardena on Academic Minute Radio Segment Oct 3rd 2013 Discussing Neuronal Blockages and Alzheimer’s: How traffic moves along the neuronal highways in the brain. Northeast Public Radio (NPR-WAMC)

Work Study Positions

Research Summary

Within axons vital cargoes must be transported over great distances along microtubule tracks to maintain cell viability. In neuronal cells, many proteins function in sending and receiving messages, cell repair, and cell protection. My interest is to elucidate if degeneration of neurons in two neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease or Huntington’s/other polyQ diseases), is related to a defect in this long distance transport system and what mechanisms facilitate the normal transport of APP and huntingtin.

Selected Publications