Chad Leugers

Internal Medicine

A novel function for microtubule associated protein Tau in growth factor-induced MAPK signaling


My general research interests are in neuronal differentiation and development, as well as the neurodegenerative diseases with tau pathology. Our lab studies the microtubule associated protein tau and aims to identify novel functions for this protein that link tau with neuronal signal transduction events. My thesis project in particular is focused on a novel link between tau and the MAPK signaling pathway. This work identifies new physiological roles for tau in early neuronal development and also has implications for the aberrant cell cycle re-entry hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease where it is not exactly clear how tau is contributing to cell death.

Recent publications

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Morningside College
Chad Leugers
Kansas City, MO
Gloria Lee