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The Lefler Center

for the study of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Lefler Fellows

The Lefler Center’s commitment to progress in neurodegenerative disease therapy motivates our funding of the next generation of trainees. The Lefler Fellowship provides research grants to pre- and post-doctoral investigators performing fundamental research with a disease focus. Lefler Fellows have gone on to start their own laboratories, building on their fellowship research and advancing the field.

2019 Lefler Fellows

Ryoji Amamoto
Cepko Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics
Mechanisms of Cone Survival in Retinitis Pigmentosa

Shachar Dagan
Gu Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
An
in vivo Platform to Streamline Identification of BBB Regulating Genes

Minsuk Hyun
Sabatini Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Brainstem regulation of bladder control in neurodegenerative diseases

Allison Hamilos (read profile)
Assad Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Determining the role of nigrostriatal interactions on movement initation

Brikha Shrestha
Goodrich Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Activity-dependent diversification of neurons in the cochlea

Chundi Xu
Pecot Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Control of synaptic specificity through differential expression of homologous cell surface proteins

Lefler Small Faculty Grants

The Lefler Small Grants program promotes creativity and innovation by providing resources that allow investigators to test new concepts without delay, avoiding the cumbersome process of attaining traditional government support in the initial stages of a new project. Lefler funds offer a streamlined way to get started. Such funds can allow researchers to test a new gene delivery method to see if it holds promise for that lab’s work, or to experiment with a brand new imaging platform for an alternative way to visualize the brain activity in a disease state they are studying.

2019 Faculty Awardees

John Assad
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
in vivo Interaction of Dopamine and Striatal neurons

David Corey
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Novel gene therapy strategies for Usher1F, a degenerative deafness and blindness

Wade Regehr
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Direct Purkinje cell inhibition of the parabrachial nucleus regulates non-motor behaviors

Jan Drugowitsch
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
The Impact of Uncertain Sensory Information on the Heading Direction Sense

Wei-Chung Allen Lee
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Synaptic and Network Analysis of Sequence Activity in Parietal Cortex

Charles J. Weitz
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Transcriptional Activator of the Mammalian Circadian Clock