Mala Rao, PhD

Mala Rao, PhD

Research Scientist
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research Rao Lab Page
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU Langone Medical Center Rao NYU Page

P: (845)398-5547 (office)
P: (845)398-5425 (lab)
F: (845)398-5422


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BS (Biochemistry), Silber Jubilee Govt. College, Kurnool, India
MS (Biochemistry), University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
PhD (Biochemistry), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Postdoctoral Training
Graduate student, Department of Biochemistry, Prof. G. Padmanaban's lab
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Department of Pathology, lab of Dr. Eli Gorelick's
Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, lab of late Prof. John P. Merlie
Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology, lab of Dr. Don W. Cleveland

Awards and Honors

1992 Prof. Giri Memorial Award for best Ph.D. Thesis
1986-1991 Indian Institute of Science Fellowship

Research Interests

Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, tauopathy, proteolysis, axonal cytoskeleton and mechanisms of neuronal cell death.

In 1992, Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Then he got his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis (1993-1995) and University of California at San Diego (1995-1999).

Prior to NKI, Dr. Rao was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Ludwig Cancer Research Institute at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Rao examined the motor neuron disease specific mechanisms in mouse models of ALS. Dr. Rao has been at NKI since 1999.