Reta Lila Weston Institute

Dr Rohan de Silva

Rohan de Silva, DPhil

Reader in Neuroscience

Rohan de Silva

Born in Sri Lanka, Rohan obtained his degree in Biochemistry in 1987 (Universität Bern, Switzerland) and a D.Phil. in Molecular Biology, 1991 (Oxford University).  From 1991-1995 he worked at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina (genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease), where he was involved with the first identification of mutations in the presenilin-1 gene and, in collaboration with the late Dr Tsunao Saitoh (UCSD) first identified promoter variants of the alpha-synuclein gene (SNCA) that are now associated with Parkinson’s disease risk. In 1995-1996, he briefly worked at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, Surrey (genetics of bladder cancer) and 1996-1999 at Imperial College School of Medicine (investigation of role of cytokines in amyloid precursor protein gene expression and splicing). Since 1999 he has been at the RLWI  where he has been working on the genetics, biochemistry and cell biology of Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy and related disorders. His primary interests are the investigation of the tau (MAPT) and SNCA genes and their roles in neurodegeneration.

Link to Publications

Tel:   +44-20-7679 4264 (Internal: 24264)
Fax:   +44-20-7278 4993
Email: r.desilva[at]

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