Welcome to the Kao Lab

The Kao lab seeks to understand the basic pathophysiological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases.

The goal of our research is to use C. elegans and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to better understand and ultimately cure neurodegenerative disease.  We focus on progranulin, tau and other newly discovered disease-associated genes in the regulation of cellular stress responses, protein homeostasis, pH dynamics and other processes. ​We strive to make the laboratory environment one that is based on excellence, a team-oriented approach and one that seeks out innovations, collaborations and change. 

           created by Molly Hodul