Monday, December 3rd, 6pm
***Union Station , Northampton***
Turning unwanted guests into powerful
Modeling human disease in the fruit fly.
- How do you make a fruit fly disease model?
- Do fruit flies even have brains?
- What can a fruit fly tell us about Alzheimer’s disease?
- How do you actually say Drosophila melanogaster?
Ken Colodner is an assistant professor of human biology at Mount Holyoke College. His research has focused on understanding how communication between the two major cell types in the brain, neuronal and glial cells, is disrupted in neurodegenerative diseases. He is particularly interested in understanding the disease process of Alzheimer’s disease and related tauopathies, a class of diseases characterized by the pathological buildup of the protein, tau.