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Peter T. Nelson

Professor and Chairman
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Union University
Austria

Biography

Dr. Nelson is an experimental neuropathologist whose research focuses upon the molecular neurochemistry of the human brain in health and in neurodegenerative disease particularly in the context of RNA biology. The study of small regulatory RNAs is a relatively new and unexplored research field with much potential. Dr. Nelson work has focused upon the predominant small regulatory RNA subtype in humans and in all animals, which are termed microRNAs miRNAs. MiRNAs subserve fundamental biological functions in all animals studied. He invented new techniques to analyze and manipulate these small molecules, and studies how miRNA biology is altered in neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Nelson seeks both to understand how miRNAs contribute to disease pathogenesis, and to explore how specially designed RNAs may be applied for therapeutic strategies.

Research Interest

Dr. Nelson work has focused upon the predominant small regulatory RNA subtype in humans (and in all animals), which are termed microRNAs (miRNAs). MiRNAs subserve fundamental biological functions in all animals studied. He invented new techniques to analyze and manipulate these small molecules, and studies how miRNA biology is altered in neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Nelson seeks both to understand how miRNAs contribute to disease pathogenesis, and to explore how specially-designed RNAs may be applied for therapeutic strategies.

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