Leonard Petrucelli, PhD

Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida with full faculty privileges at Mayo Graduate School. His major research goal is to identify the processes underlying the mechanism of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and more recently Lou Gehrig's (ALS) disease. By developing cell and animal models that recapitulate key disease features, his team aims to devise novel therapeutic strategies to hamper the processes that cause neuronal death and abnormal protein accumulation. His research, which is funded by the BrightFocus Foundation and several NIH grants, has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Medicine, PNAS, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Neuroscience and Neuron. Dr. Petrucelli has received the National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serves on numerous editorial boards and is an invited member of the NIH Cellular and Molecular Biology of Neurodegeneration (CMND) Study Section.