Andrew Petersen, PhD

Graduation: 12/2012
Advisor: Wassarman, David
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position
Zhang Lab
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Research Interest: Studying causes of neurodegeneration in humans using human stem-cell derived neurons and glia, primarily focused on models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alexander’s disease
Email: apetersen3 (at) wisc (dot) edu

Alumni News

  • “I recently (December 2012) received my PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Dr. David Wassarman’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My thesis research used Drosophila to study underlying causes of neurodegeneration in a model of the human disease Ataxia-telangiectasia. My research indicated that upregulation of the innate immune response, which is analogous to the inflammatory pathway in mammals, may promote neurodegeneration in this disease.
  • My next career step is a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Su-Chun Zhang studying the causes of neurodegeneration in humans using stem-cell derived neurons and glia. My work will primarily focus on models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alexander’s disease.” -Andrew Petersen

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