Research Team

Mahmoud Kiaei, Ph.D.

Mahmoud Kiaei, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

The goal of my laboratory is to develop animal models to study motor neuron disease and utilizes our extensive experience on pre-clinical studies for disease like ALS to unravel the mechanism of neurodegeneration. My lab uses these resources to develop drug discovery strategies in fulfilling the unmet need of patients.



Mousumi Patra, Ph.D. (Post Doctoral Fellow)

Dr. Patra is a post- doctoral fellow, working under the supervision of Dr. Mahmoud Kiaei. She studied the synthesis and characterization of calcium phosphate flavonoid nano-composite and its protective role against oxidative stress.  Her   research is focused on understanding the mechanism of neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to develop novel therapeutic strategies for this disease.  Currently, she is working on a project aiming to develop strategies to inhibit mutant profilin1 (PFN1) protein aggregation which causes ALS in mice and human.