PhD (Neuroscience/Immunology), M.Med (Neurology), MBBS
Dr Chao Yinxia graduated in 1999 as a Medical Doctor and have postgraduate specialist training in Neurology and Immunology. Currently she is a Junior Principal Investigator and Clinician Scientist at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI). She is also an Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School and is in charge of the Immunology in Body & Disease Course.
Dr Chao’s primary research interest is in Parkinson's disease (PD) biomarkers and therapeutic target identification in the peripheral immune system, specifically screening of autoantibodies, autoreactive T cells and other molecules regulating autoimmunity (funded by NMRC). She is also interested in the role of monocytes and neutrophils in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease, which is in collaboration and funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF).
Dr Chao is also exploring genetic and unfolded protein functions such as alpha-synuclein oligomerisation in the development of PD. The ultimate goal of Dr Chao’s research is to identify novel diagnostic or therapeutic targets and to develop novel immunotherapy for PD and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Currently she is working with Prof Tan Eng-King from NNI; Drs. Olaf Rötzschke and Bernett Lee from Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN, A-STAR); Prof Dario Alessi and Dr. Esther Sammler from Dundee Univeristy and Dr. Andrew West from DUKE University.
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