Narayan Bhat, PhD
Dr. Bhat is a professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. The Bhat lab has a longstanding research interest in the general area of glial cell function in brain development and disease. A specific area of current focus is on glia-mediated neuroinflammation as it relates to the pathogenesis/progression of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular, Alzheimer's disease (AD). The specific approach targets the signal transduction mechanisms that regulate glial cell responses with the intent of developing signal transduction-based interventions anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory treatment strategies. A related research approach currently pursued is a link between metabolic disorders (i.e., diabetes, atherosclerosis, etc.) and AD development focusing on convergent mechanisms and risk factors including dietary lifestyle.