College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology
Ramin Homayouni
Ramin Homayouni
Director, Bioinformatics Program

Ph.D. University of Houston
Post-doctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Phone: (901) 678-1670
Fax: (901) 678-4457

University of Memphis
429 Smith Hall
Memphis, TN USA 38152

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Research Interests:

  1. Neurodevelopment
    My lab is investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal migration and dendrite maturation during mammalian brain development. We are currently characterizing the function of a novel GTPase activating protein, Disabled 2 Interacting Protein (Dab2IP), during brain development using a mouse knock-out model and a variety of biochemical, cellular, morphological and behavioral approaches.
  2. Neurodegeneration
    My lab is investigating the physiological and pathophysiological role of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and its family members, amyloid precursor like proteins 1 and 2, using mouse knock-out models. Mutations in APP have been linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, but very little is known about its physiological role in the brain. Currently, we are using genomic, proteomic, and cell-based approaches to identify gene and protein networks that are associated with APP family proteins.
  3. Bioinformatics
    My lab is developing text-mining approaches to automatically extract gene function information from the biomedical literature abstracts to assist in interpretation of high-throughput genomic studies.
Publications & Research

Dr. Ramin Homayouni
Dr. Ramin Homayouni, associate professor, director, Bioinformatics

Finding the causes of Alzheimer's Disease
Homayouni and team are making discoveries concerning interactions of proteins that cause Alzheimer's Disease with mitochondria within cells.

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