Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Robert J Vassar, PhD

Robert J Vassar, PhD

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology



Ward Building Room 7-334
303 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

Education and Certification

PhD: University of Chicago, Molecular Genetics (1992)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Columbia University, Molecular Neuroscience (1996)


Description of Interests

Our research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease. In particular, we investigate the beta-secretase enzyme BACE1, which initiates the production of the beta-amyloid peptide that plays a central early role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's. We use a combination of biochemical, cell culture and animal model approaches to investigate the role of BACE1 in health and disease.

Interests (Keywords)

Aging; Alzheimer's Disease; Alzheimer's Drug; Biochemistry: Proteins; Cell Biology; Molecular Biology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience

Research and Publications

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