Rakez Kayed PhD

University of Texas Medical Branch

Rakez Kayed, PhD. Is the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Parkinson Disease Research, Professor at the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience & Cell Biology & Anatomy, and a member of George & Cynthia Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Texas Dr. Kayed`s research focuses on tau and amyloid oligomers in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Kayed is a world expert on toxic oligomers formed by disease-associated proteins, his lab studies oligomers formation, structure, toxicity and role in the disease pathogenesis. He pioneered the development of oligomer specific antibodies and many reagents and methodologies that are being used extensively to studying protein aggregation and mechanisms of toxicity. Dr. Kayed`s lab studies the different amyloid and tau species and cellular aspects of pathogenesis in tauopathies and acquired exciting results about distinct tau oligomeric strains that can be distinguished biochemically and immunologically. The ultimate research goal is developing personalized diagnostic assays and immunotherapeutic treatments. Dr. Kayed has exceptionally vibrant track record for engaging in cutting-edge research, coauthored more than 115 peer-reviewed articles with more than 20,000 citations.