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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.

2017 Lefler Fellows

Arthur DeJong
Kaeser Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Clustering of Phospholipids by RIM Proteins at the Presynaptic Active Zone

Eliz Litvina
Chen Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital
Retinal Ganglion Cell Subtype Competition at the Retinogeniculate Synapse

Zhihua Liu
Rogulja Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Characterizing the Roles of LIM-type Proteins in Circadian Behavior

Alban Ordureau (read profile)
Harper Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Cell Biology
Quantitative Analysis of the PINK1/PARKIN Pathway in Dopaminergic Neurons

Jing Peng
Pecot Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
A Cell-specific Transcription Factor Erm/dFezf Controls Layer Specificity in the Drosophila Visual System

Christoph Straub
Sabatini Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Signaling Mechanisms of GABAergic Interneurons in the Striatum

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.

2017 Faculty Awardees

S. Robert Datta
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Functional Interrogation of Olfactory structures in Autism Spectrum Disorders Model Mice

Lisa Goodrich
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Molecular Basis of Vulnerability to Degeneration among Subsets of Spiral Ganglion Neurons

Corey Harwell
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Understanding Transcriptional Control of Cortical Neurogenesis by PRDM16

Matthew Pecot
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Investigating the Role of Erm/dFezf on Controlling Axon Target Specificity in the Fly Visual System