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Colin K. Combs

Department of Bioinformatics and Biosystems Technology
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Saint Helena


Colin had his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and did my post-doctoral studies in the Alzheimer Research Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University. He joined the Dept. of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics at the University of North Dakota as an Assistant Professor in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. His work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the inflammatory changes characteristic of the chronic neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. In particular, his laboratory works to identify how the brains immune cells, microglia, may be contributing to the pathophysiology of these conditions.

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Colins Research Interests includes Microglia, Cytokine, Signaling, Kinase, Neurotoxicity, Neuroprotection, Inflammation, Neuroinflammation, Amyloid, Synuclein.

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