Karen Gylys

Karen Gylys

310 794-5472

Factor Building 6-266
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Professor, School of Nursing
Member, Brain Research Institute, Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area, Neuroscience GPB Home Area
Faculty, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Research


Karen Hoppens Gylys is a neuroscientist who joined the faculty of the School of Nursing and the Brain Research Institute in 1998. Dr. Gylys earned a B.S. degree in Nursing and a M.S. degree in Human Development at the University of Texas, Dallas. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience, with a major in neuropharmacology, at UCLA in 1993, and did postdoctoral work on molecular mechanisms of opioid tolereance in the NPI. Since joining the faculty of the School of Nursing, she has taught pharmacology and research in the School of Nursing and is actively involved in the BRI. Her laboratory research is focused on understanding the dysfunction and loss of synapses that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and she has pioneered the use of flow cytometry for the analysis of synaptosomes.  Her projects use primarily human postmortem AD samples and mouse models of the disease.  Research interests include neuroinflammation and APOE risk for AD, the single biggest genetic risk, which can also be also protective.  Recent projects have isolated brain cell types from human postmortem samples in order to study microglial and astrocyte effects on AD progression.  We also have new projects looking at exosome mechanisms in pathology and signaling between cortical cell types.


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