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Clark, Robert, M.D.
Professor, Assistant Vice President for Clinical Research Office of the VPR
Our lab carries out basic and translational research relevant to human diseases, with a major focus on mechanisms of the inflammatory response and oxidative stress, as well as the cell biology and biochemistry of human phagocytic cells. We have contributed to fundamental understanding of the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the phagocyte NADPH oxidase system, the biological roles of these products, and the genetics and biochemistry of NADPH oxidase deficiency. In recent years, we have turned our attention to the structure, function, and physiologic roles of several novel non-myeloid members of the NADPH oxidase (NOX) gene family, focusing particularly on the involvement of these oxidases in disease pathogenesis and the transcriptional regulation of genes that are relevant to the biology of aging. Our recent studies include mechanistic work on neurodegenerative disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease.
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