Rehana K. Leak
Rehana K. Leak received her B.A. degree in biopsychology at Barnard College in New York in 1992. She worked as a lab technician for one year at Barnard College and then came to the University of Pittsburgh for graduate school in 1993. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (1998) in neuroscience. Her graduate work was in circadian rhythms and hypothalamic neuroanatomy. After a few years of family leave, she did her postdoctoral work in the field of Parkinson?s disease at the University of Pittsburgh with Michael Zigmond and continued in this laboratory as a Research Associate and then as a Research Assistant Professor. She began teaching at Duquesne University in May of 2010. Dr. Leak and her students model Parkinson's diseases in four models: cell lines, primary neurons, primary glia, and whole animals, using toxins that cause oxidative stress and protein misfolding. However, rather than focusing on cell death, they focus on adaptations to low doses of these toxins.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2012