• 2905 Citations
20072023
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Research Interests

My research interests are centered on elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms which drive synaptopathies and proteinopathies in the mammalian nervous system. As a first step, we use reductionist biochemical approaches with discovery-based proteomic analysis to generate unbiased hypothesizes. Next, we test and characterize candidate proteins and pathways for potential functional relevance with molecular approaches. Ultimately, the goal of my research is to identify keystone proteins and proteomes as potential therapeutic targets to hopefully ameliorate neurodevelopmental and degenerative diseases.

Training Experience

2015Postdoctoral Fellowship, Scripps Research Institute

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, New York University, School of Medicine

… → 2009

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Biochemistry: Proteins
  • Neuroscience
  • Proteomics
  • Schizophrenia

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Grants 2011 2023

Cytomegalovirus Infections
Cytomegalovirus
Viruses
Microtubule-Organizing Center
Cell Movement
Exosomes
Alzheimer Disease
Pathology
Synapses
Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor
Synapses
Genes
Alzheimer Disease
Dendritic Spines
Glutamate Receptors
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neurons
Proteins
Mutation
Proteolysis

Research Output 2007 2019

  • 2905 Citations
  • 47 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 3 Comment/debate
  • 1 Short survey
2 Citations

Secreted amyloid-b precursor protein functions as a GABA B R1a ligand to modulate synaptic transmission

Rice, H. C., De Malmazet, D., Schreurs, A., Frere, S., Van Molle, I., Volkov, A. N., Creemers, E., Vertkin, I., Nys, J., Ranaivoson, F. M., Comoletti, D., Savas, J. N., Remaut, H., Balschun, D., Wierda, K. D., Slutsky, I., Farrow, K., De Strooper, B. & De Wit, J., Jan 11 2019, In : Science. 363, 6423, eaao4827.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aminobutyrates
Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor
Synaptic Transmission
gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
Ligands
1 Citations

An Input-Specific Orphan Receptor GPR158-HSPG Interaction Organizes Hippocampal Mossy Fiber-CA3 Synapses

Condomitti, G., Wierda, K. D., Schroeder, A., Rubio, S. E., Vennekens, K. M., Orlandi, C., Martemyanov, K. A., Gounko, N. V., Savas, J. N. & de Wit, J., Oct 10 2018, In : Neuron. 100, 1, p. 201-215.e9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hippocampal Mossy Fibers
Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans
Glypicans
Dendrites
Synapses
2 Citations

Critical period inhibition of NKCC1 rectifies synapse plasticity in the somatosensory cortex and restores adult tactile response maps in fragile X mice

He, Q., Arroyo, E. D., Smukowski, S. N., Xu, J., Piochon, C., Savas, J. N., Portera-Cailliau, C. & Contractor, A., Apr 27 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Psychiatry. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fragile X Syndrome
Somatosensory Cortex
Touch
Synapses
Chlorides

Integrated In Vivo Quantitative Proteomics and Nutrient Tracing Reveals Age-Related Metabolic Rewiring of Pancreatic β Cell Function

Wortham, M., Benthuysen, J. R., Wallace, M., Savas, J. N., Mulas, F., Divakaruni, A. S., Liu, F., Albert, V., Taylor, B. L., Sui, Y., Saez, E., Murphy, A. N., Yates, J. R., Metallo, C. M. & Sander, M., Dec 4 2018, In : Cell reports. 25, 10, p. 2904-2918.e8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insulin-Secreting Cells
Proteomics
Nutrients
Glucose
Food
11 Citations

Resetting the epigenetic balance of Polycomb and COMPASS function at enhancers for cancer therapy

Wang, L., Zhao, Z., Ozark, P. A., Fantini, D., Marshall, S. A., Rendleman, E. J., Cozzolino, K. A., Louis, N., He, X., Morgan, M. A., Takahashi, Y., Collings, C. K., Smith, E., Ntziachristos, P., Savas, J. N., Zou, L., Hashizume, R., Meeks, J. J. & Shilatifard, A., Jun 1 2018, In : Nature Medicine. 24, 6, p. 758-769 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Epigenomics
Tumors
Methyltransferases
Histones
Mutation