The Lab of Thom Kukar

Thom KukarDr. Thomas Kukar
Principal Investigator

Dr. Kukar has a B.S. in Microbiology/Cell Science and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, both from the University of Florida. His post-doctoral fellowship was at Mayo Clinic in the Laboratory of Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D., department of Neuroscience. He later served as an Associate Consultant and Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuroscience in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Honors & Awards
Graduated with Highest Honors - University of Florida, 1999 
Alumni Graduate Fellow - University of Florida, 1999 - 2003 
Smith Fellowship in Neurological Disease Research, 2003 
Alzheimer's Research Fellow - American Health Assistance Foundation, 2007 - 2009 
Junior Faculty Award - 9th AD/PD Conference, 2009“One in One Hundred Mentor Award” for outstanding postdoctoral fellowship mentoring, Emory University, SOM, Seventh Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium. 2014Finalist for Paul G. Allen Family Foundation ADI Alzheimer's Research, 2015      See PUBLICATIONS

Chris HollerChristopher Holler
Postdoctoral Fellow

Chris Holler is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Kukar lab. He obtained both his BS and MS in Biological Engineering from Virginia Tech and his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky. His doctoral work was completed under the direction of Dr. M. Paul Murphy and centered on the regulation of beta-secretase as it pertains to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. As a postdoc, Chris has developed and led the lab’s project on elucidating the role of progranulin in the brain, with a focus on developing novel therapeutic strategies to treat frontotemporal dementia caused by mutations in the progranulin gene. Outside the lab, Chris enjoys traveling, cooking, brewing beer, and exploring Atlanta with his wife Emily and their son, Sagan.

Georgia TaylorGeorgia Taylor
Research Technician

Georgia is a research assistant. She holds a B.S. in Biology and has been working at Emory University since 2003. She's originally from Brazil. She is passionate about her work. She's a mother of three and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Johnson
Graduate Student

Michelle Johnson is a graduate student co-mentored in the labs of Dr. Malu Tansey and Dr. Thomas Kukar. She received her B.A. in neuroscience and biology from Oberlin College before starting at Emory University in the Neuroscience Doctoral program. Previously, Michelle worked in a lab examining the role genetic variations plays in modulating a person's ability to integrate various external sensory stimuli into a coherent perceptual experience, termed multisensory integration. Currently, Michelle uses multiple approaches and various genetic models including Caenorhabditis elegans and mice to study how Parkinson's Disease risk genes may modulate a person's response to toxic environmental triggers.