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Michael E. Ward, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Ward received his B.S. from Kenyon College in 1999 and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. As a graduate student, he worked in Yi Rao’s lab and studied the regulation of cell migration during neurodevelopment. Following a neurology residency at the University of California in San Francisco, he sub-specialized in behavioral neurology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Li Gan’s lab studying basic mechanisms of frontotemporal dementia. As a fellow he received an American Brain Foundation CRTF award and a NIH K08 career development award. In 2015 he joined the NINDS as an Assistant Clinical Investigator. His research focuses on identifying intersecting mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, with an ultimate goal of developing targeted, disease-modifying therapies for affected patients.

Current Lab Members:

Hebao Yuan
Lab Manager
Michael Fernandopulle
OxCam MD/PhD Student
Stewart Humble
OxCam MD/PhD Student
Saadia Hasan
UCL GPP MD/PhD Student
Sarah Hill
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Jenn Colon Mercado
John Replogle
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Demi Lombardo
Office Manager
Sahba Seddighi
OxCam MD/PhD Student
Veronica Ryan
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Allison Snyder
Clinical Fellow
Joel Reyes
Syed Shah
Data Scientist (50%; contractor)
James Hawrot
Brown GPP PhD Student

Lab Alumni:

Rajan Patel--MD student, Baylor College of Medicine

Connor Ludwig--PhD student, Stanford

Robert Chen--MD/PhD student, Washington University School of Medicine

Shannon Leslie--PhD student, Yale

Ali Taubes--PhD student, UCSF