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Theresa A. Lansdell

Theresa LansdellCooperating Doctoral Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology

EITS Track: Biomedical Toxicology

Education: B.S., Biology, Jacksonville University

Research Interests:
Parkinson Disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder that results in resting tremor, dyskinesia, rigidity, and abnormal gait and balance. In more advanced stages of the disease, behavioral problems and dementia may occur. The motor deficits elicited by PD are caused by progressive degeneration of dompaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta. The cause of the degeneration is unknown, but evidence suggests that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Several lines of evidence indicate that environmental neurotoxins can cause nigrostriatal damage and contribute to PD pathogenesis. My interests lie in the investigation of the role of environmental neurotoxicants in the pathogenesis of Parkinson Disease.

Major Professor: John Goudreau, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neurology, Dr. Keith Lookingland

Contact: lansdel1@msu.edu