CTRND Welcomes Dr. Malú G. Tansey PhD. as Director
Malú Gámez Tansey obtained her B.S/M.S in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Physiology from The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Tansey spent two years in the biotech sector after post-doctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to academia as an Assistant Professor of Physiology at UTSW in 2002. She became a tenured Associate Professor in 2009 and moved to Emory University where she became Professor of Physiology in 2017 and named Director of the Center for Neurodysfunction and Inflammation in the School of Medicine in 2018. Currently, Dr. Tansey is the new Director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease (CTRND) and the first endowed chair of the Norman Fixel Insititute of Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainseville, Florida. As a Hispanic American, Dr. Tansey has served as a role model to numerous undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate trainees, many of them women from underrepresented minority groups. The general research interests of her laboratory include investigating the role of immune cell crosstalk between the brain and peripheral organs in health and disease; and in particular, the role of gene-environment and gut-brain axis interactions in risk for development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and neuropsychiatric diseases.