Marquette biomedical sciences professor honored with Way Klingler Fellowship Award

July 20, 2021

paul gasser headshotMILWAUKEE — Dr. Paul Gasser, associate professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University, is the recipient of a 2021 Way Klingler Fellowship Award.

The Way Klingler Fellowship Awards are given to select full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank at Marquette who have potential for significant scholarship.

The recipient of the fellowship receives financial support annually for three years to fund critical research that requires time, access to information, and travel.

“I am very honored to have received this prestigious fellowship,” Gasser said. “It will allow me and the students in my lab to explore an exciting new line of research related to the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders.”

Gasser’s current research explores the signaling processes by which stress hormones and neurotransmitters in the body facilitate recovery from stressful situations, and how disruption of these signaling processes may lead to increased risk for neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.

The fellowship will help fund new studies focused on understanding how the neurotransmitter norepinephrine exerts neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory actions in the brain and how disruption of these actions may contribute to the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

“The overarching goal driving our research is to understand how dysregulation of neurotransmitter signaling contributes to disease,” Gasser said.

In addition to his research, Gasser is an accomplished author, having published over 30 journal articles and book chapters.

One nominator wrote they “believe strongly in Dr. Gasser’s scientific direction, as he is a very creative experimentalist who has captured a series of findings that may well move multiple fields of study.”

Gasser’s future is bright as he steps into a unique field and continues to teach courses in biochemistry and neuroscience to undergraduate and graduate students at Marquette.

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