Ian Martin, PhD
Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University
PhD, Medical College of Virginia
Postdoctoral Training, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Martin aimed to unfold the impact of LRRK2, a protein that when mutated has been associated with both genetic and sporadic Parkinson’s disease. During his fellowship, he found that a number of disease-linked mutations increased LRRK2 activity, which also yielded a bulk increase in protein synthesis. In his current independent position, he is studying how to block the effects of mutant LRRK2 and how to use reduce age-related neurodegeneration with specific protein synthesis inhibitors. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University in Dr. Ted Dawson’s lab.