Elnaz Rahbarlayegh , PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Pacific Neuroscience Research Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. She works in Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD’s translational neuroscience lab with Dr. Alexandre Wojcinski and Natsuko Nomura.
Dr. Rahbarlayegh earned her doctorate from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. In the Anatomical Sciences department, she honed her cell culture skills and gained experience in protein profiling, proteomics, and pathway analysis. Additionally, she has expertise in traditional and emerging wet lab techniques such as Immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, neuron specific-staining techniques, as well as preclinical modeling, WES, RNA sequencing and other novel proteomics techniques.
Her quest for exploring the pathology of disease began as an undergraduate midwifery student where she studied cellular and molecular biology. Dr. Rahbarlayegh found the neurosciences to be mysterious and fascinating, with many hidden mechanisms. Pursuing unanswered questions, she began research into pathway analysis and cellular profiling of nervous system diseases with the aim of contributing to finding cures for these difficult conditions.