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Genetics of Development and Disease Branch

Seeking to understand the role of lipid metabolism and signaling in biology with the goal of developing new approaches for the treatment of disease.
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Genetic Disease Research Section

Richard L. Proia, Ph.D., Section Chief

The Genetic Disease Research Section studies sphingolipids, lipid molecules that form cell membranes and transmit signals to cells. Inherited defects in their metabolic and signaling pathways cause neurodegenerative diseases, and other disorders affecting diverse physiological systems. Our work is aimed at understanding how these lipids function normally and during diseases, and how we can manipulate their pathways for new therapeutic approaches.