About the speaker: Dr. Gerardo Morfini completed his Ph.D. studies at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. After a productive postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, he started his own research program working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Shortly after his incorporation, Dr. Morfini was awarded the prestigious Jordi Folch-Pi Award, a recognition given by the American Society of Neurochemistry for his contributions to the fields of axonal transport and axonal degeneration. As an Associate Professor, his current efforts address the role of specific signalling pathways to the pathogenesis of various human neurodegenerative conditions including Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and several motor neuron diseases. As part of his research program, Dr. Morfini spends every summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Cape Cod, MA) performing experiments in the isolated squid axoplasm preparation.
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