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Charles Ide

Dr. IdeCharles Ide
Gwen Frostic Professor of Biological Sciences
Director of Great Lakes Environmental and Molecular Sciences Center

Office: (269) 387-5951
Lab: (269) 387-2541
Fax: (269) 387-2272

Office: 3001 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 3017 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

Research interests

Dr. Ide's research focuses on how the enivronment influences gene activity in health and disease. Specific projects examine how industrial contaminants and pesticides found in the Great Lakes Basin alter ecosystem health. A special project focuses on determining the molecular and cellular basis of Multiple System Atrophy (Atypical Parkinson's disease), a human disease often linked to pesticide exposure that involves Parkinsonism, cerebellar ataxia, and autonomic dysfunction. Research, in collaboration with the New York Brain Bank at Columbia University, and with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, uses RNA and protein analysis methods to discover biomarkers that define the underpinnings of pathogenesis and differentiate disease types.

Students in Dr. Ide's laboratory

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