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Dr Hemanth Nelvagal
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
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  • Research Fellow
  • Pharmacology
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
I am a postdoctoral researcher currently in Rahim lab, UCL school of Pharmacy. My research focuses on understanding and developing new treatments for lysosomal storage disorders, namely Niemann-Pick Type C1 and the NCLs (Batten Disease). I previously completed my undergraduate medical training (MBBS) at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka before attaining a MSc and PhD in Neuroscience at King's College London as part of the Pediatric Storage Disorders Lab (PSDL). I have also spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA (Harbor UCLA) and Washington University in St. Louis where I have continued my work on LSDs.

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My primary research focuses on neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), in particular, Niemann-Pick Type C1 (NPC1) and the NCLs (Batten Disease). I am involved in the characterisation of cell and animal models as well as the development and pre-clinical testing of novel small molecule, enzyme replacement and gene therapies for various LSDs. I am experienced in behavioural, biochemical and neuropathological characterisation of mouse and large animal models of lysosomal and neurodegenerative diseases. 
01-SEP-2021 Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2018 – 31-OCT-2021 Postdoctoral Research Associate Pediatrics Washington University in St. Louis, United States
01-MAY-2017 – 31-MAY-2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Pediatrics Harbor UCLA (LABioMed), United States
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