Our research programs endeavor to:

  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Identify potential biomarkers to assist in the diagnosis, staging, and monitoring of disease progression for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease using proteomic and immune-affinity based assays.

  • Uncover the relationship between environmental toxicants and neurodegenerative diseases.


Publications (click here)

Lab members

Jing Zhang, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Professor

Min Shi, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

Tess Stewart, PhD, Acting Instructor

Lifu Sheng, PhD, Senior Fellow

Eugene Cilento, PhD, Senior Fellow

Lorrain Jin, PhD, Senior Fellow

Catherine Pan, Senior Research Scientist

Patrick Aro, Research Scientist, Lab Manager

David Soltys, Research Scientist

Matthew Bercow, Research Scientist

Zhiying (Sabrina) Xie, Undergraduate student

Annaliese Miyamoto, Undergraduate student

Bridgette Robertson, Undergraduate student

Eric Thoreland, Undergraduate student

Emily Dyer, Undergraduate student

Zhen Hong, MD, PhD, Visiting faculty member

Chen Tian, MS, Visiting Scientist

Tarek Khrisat, MD, Visiting Scholar


Past lab members

Anzari Atik, PhD, Senior Fellow

Gwenael Pottiez, PhD, Visiting Scientist

Robert Schuster, PhD, Senior Fellow   

Vladimir Vlaskin, PhD, Senior Fellow

Aanchal Mehrotra, PhD, Research Scientist

Nicholas Righi, Undergraduate student

Dishun (Jance) Yang, Visiting Scientist