McGowan Institute researcher Robert Bowser, Ph.D. is an associate professor of pathology and a professor of neurobiology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research into understanding ALS has led to various public service activities that directly benefit patients with neurologic diseases. In establishing the University’s ALS Tissue Bank, Dr. Bowser was instrumental in helping to create the largest such tissue repository in the country. A member of the ALS Association’s local chapter board of directors, Dr. Bowser is active on the chapter’s patient service and fundraising committees. He also has served as chapter delegate to the National ALS Association’s advocacy and congressional lobbying activities in Washington, D.C.
In the lab, Dr. Bowser's research interests focus on determining the molecular and cellular basis of neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently investigating how cell cycle proteins and transcription factors that function during brain development contribute to neurodegeneration in neurologic diseases. The studies have focused on human fetal brain development, Alzheimer's disease, and ALS.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
University of Pittsburgh Department of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh Center for ALS Research