Connor Wander is a third year PhD Candidate in the Pharmacology Department at UNC Chapel Hill. As a co-mentored student between the Cohen and Song Labs at UNC, Connor studies GABAergic neural networks in Alzheimer’s Disease. Other scientific interests include the interactions between the environment, genetics, and behavior in mood disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Connor and Julian founded SFS with the idea of connecting people directly with scientists.
Outside of the lab, Connor enjoys hobbies such as graphic design, gaming, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, paintball and caring for his bearded dragon and Madagascar Giant Day geckos. Connor also manages the Cohen lab website and a Giant day Gecko care blog.
B.S. In Biology and Biochemistry — Chemistry Minor
Virginia Tech 2014
Connor Wander’s Publications
- A unique tau conformation generated by an acetylation-mimic substitution modulates P301S-dependent tau pathology and hyperphosphorylation.
- Acetylation-induced TDP-43 pathology is suppressed by an HSF1-dependent chaperone program.
- A Dual Pathogenic Mechanism Links Tau Acetylation to Sporadic Tauopathy.