R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor
- Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research in Dr. Zhai’s lab is focused on understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms of neural degeneration and protection in the context of both common and rare neurodegenerative diseases. They use a ‘Drosophila - mammalian tissue culture two-model’ systems, to identify genetic components in Drosophila and characterize the cellular mechanisms in mammalian cells. Dr. Zhai has established and developed a strong, innovative, and well-funded research program that includes three related yet independent research directions. High impact publications and federal funding support each direction.