Dr. Dritan Agalliu studies the molecular, cellular and genetic analysis of mammalian blood-brain barrier development and the role of the barrier in disease pathogenesis. Dr. Agalliu research plans to explain the mechanisms that break down the blood-brain barrier in PANDAS. This knowledge will enable the development of therapies to prevent immune cell or antibody entry into the nervous system, thereby providing long-term treatment for PANDAS.
The laboratory is investigating two fundamental issues in the biology of the mammalian blood-brain barrier (BBB): 1) the mechanisms governing development and maintenance of the barrier; and 2) how structural components of the BBB are affected in diseases of the brain and spinal cord where barrier function is impaired.
Donate to Dr. Agalliu’s research at https://ua-web.uadv.uci.edu/eGiving/.
Area of Support: Biological Sciences – Gift Designation : “PANDAS Research”.
You can reference his research and the donate link via the donate section of the PANDAS Network.org website. Please refer to pandasnetwork.org/donate/agalliu