Peter Kim joined the UCLA/VA Alzhemier's lab in 2000 after graduating from UCLA with B.S in PsychBiology and Biology. He has worked under Dr. Frautschy in a rodent infusion model of Alzheimer's and diet studies to find methods for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. He has contributed to animal behavioral/cognitive studies to test memory. He also was a major contributor of upstarting the toxic Abeta Oligomer characterization and preparations to test their effects on our model. He has been in charge of the Western Blotting biochemistry for Dr. Frautschy's projects and for many post-docs in determining many neuro-markers for Alzheimer's disease. He gets along with everyone and is known for his unparalled precision and repeatability. He is working on two manuscripts:
one showing cyclooxygenase-2 inhbiitors exacerbating post-synpatic loss,
and the other showing rosmarinic acid, a water soluble antioxidant improving memory deficits despite increasing amyloid burden, and complement factor C1q exacerbating neurotoxicity and amyloid burden. Recently he has working with Dr. Aynun Begun in their Curcumin projects. He has recently left our lab to gain experience in clinical trials. We hope he returns and can help us move our discoveries to the patients.
Peter is from Los Angeles and has a fraternal twin brother. He loves animals, music, movies, and sports...and of course he loves science. One of the reasons for his interest in this field is because his grandmother suffered from Alzhemier's and has since passed away.
1. Harris-White ME, Balverde Z, Lim GP, Kim P, Miller SA, Hammer H, Galasko D, Frautschy SA. Related Articles, Links
Abstract Role of LRP in TGFbeta2-mediated neuronal uptake of Abeta and effects on memory.
J Neurosci Res. 2004 Jul 15;77(2):217-28.
PMID: 15211588 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
2: Frautschy SA, Hu W, Kim P, Miller SA, Chu T, Harris-White ME, Cole GM. Related Articles, Links
Abstract Phenolic anti-inflammatory antioxidant reversal of Abeta-induced cognitive deficits and neuropathology.
Neurobiol Aging. 2001 Nov-Dec;22(6):993-1005.
PMID: 11755008 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]