Peter Lopez, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Prusiner Lab


Peter Lopez received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of Biology at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Chen-Ming Fan. His graduate work focused on teasing out a molecular mechanism for the transcription factor CREB in mouse spine development.

Dr. Lopez joined the Prusiner laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar to investigate the molecular basis of human neurodegenerative diseases by modeling in rodents. Currently, he is applying next-generation genome editing methods in rats to manipulate factors that may contribute to prion disease and tauopathies. Combining his approach with bioluminescent reporter rats, he will then study how these players contribute to the in vivo progression of neurodegeneration. Ultimately, Dr. Lopez would like to utilize these rat models as a resource for drug discovery.

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