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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.

2018 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

Bence Gyorgy (read profile)
Corey Lab, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss in Usher Syndrome

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

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

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.

2018 Faculty Awardees

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

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

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

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

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