Contact

Location: Barshop 3.100.12

Department

Pharmacology

Elizabeth Fernandez, PhD

Assistant Professor/Research

Personal Statement:

Aging is the main risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. My studies are focused to test the role of impaired detoxification of biogenic aldehydes and reactive oxygen species in the Gpx1/Aldh1a1 double KO model of Parkinson’s disease and whether the use of aldehyde trapping agents and N-acetylcysteine, separately and/or together will revert the effects, and could provide a new therapeutic approach to intervention in Parkinson’s disease.

The objectives in these studies are to examine the role of two genes, aldehyde dehydrogenase 1a1 (Aldh1a1) and the glutamate peroxidase 1 (Gpx1), each of whose expression is notably reduced in the nigrostriatal pathway in Parkinson’s disease, and the effects of the aldehyde trapping agent-hydralazine- and or the glutathione precursor N-acetylcysteine in preventing or attenuating the progression of Parkinson’s disease.


Education

Year Degree Discipline Institution
1984 BS Nutrition and Dietetics Universidad Central de Venezuela
Caracas , Venezuela
1988 MS Biology/Biochemistry Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas
Venezuela
1996 PhD Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology University of Nevada
Reno , NV
Postdoctoral Fellowship Pharmacology The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio , TX