Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.


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  • World-renowned neurogeneticist
  • Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, and Co-Director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
  • Focused on identifying and characterizing Alzheimer’s disease-associated gene mutations and variants with the ultimate goal of defining the molecular, cellular, and biochemical events leading to neuronal death
  • Developed the “3D Alzheimer’s model in a dish,” the industry standard for research
  • Involved in the discovery of three of the four genes implicated in playing a role in familial Alzheimer’s disease, as well as early onset genes for Wilson’s and Huntington’s diseases
  • Using cell and animal models, has gained in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and research models that form the foundation of AZTherapies’ development pipeline
  • Author of more than 500 publications and co-author of “The Healing Self,” “Super Genes,” and “Super Brain” with Deepak Chopra, M.D.
  • Holds a B.S. in Microbiology and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School