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Alzheimer’s Researcher Joins MSU Grand Rapids Team

Marcia Gordon

Marcia Gordon, PhD, recently joined the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as a professor in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine. Recruited as part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, Gordon has been involved in Alzheimer’s disease research for more than 15 years, focusing on innate immunity in neurodegenerative diseases.

PhD: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, molecular biology (1985)

Recent Honors: Recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Zenith Award.

Most Recent Publication: Mouton PR, Phoulady HA, Goldgof D, Hall LO, Gordon MN, Morgan D, (2017). Unbiased estimation of cell number using the automatic optical fractionator. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy.

About My Research: “My research, supported by competitive federal and foundation grants and corporate contracts, is focused on the role of aging and neuroinflammation on brain function. I am especially interested in the role of innate immunity in aging and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Increasingly, my research focuses on developing novel therapeutics to modulate innate immunity, including small molecule agents, vaccines and biologics.”

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