FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Kim Tieu, Ph.D.

  • Title: Professor
  • E-mail: ktieu@fiu.edu
  • Phone: 305-348-0371
  • Office: AHC5 350

Dr. Tieu received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his post-doctoral training at the Columbia University. His research interest has always been to study mechanisms of neuronal dysfunction and degeneration as seen in Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the ultimate goal of developing effective therapies for this devastating neurological disorder. The research projects in his lab focus on the following fundamental questions: 1) Is mitochondrial dysfunction pathogenic in PD? If so, can mitochondrial dynamics be targeted for PD treatment? 2) The role of genetic, environmental factors and gene-environment interactions in the development and progression of PD? To address these questions, his lab performs rigorous biochemical, histological, functional and genetic analyses in experimental models of PD. When applicable, post-mortem human samples are also used.

Research Areas

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Neurodegeneration induced by environmental toxicants, genetic mutations and potential gene-environment interactions
  • Neuroprotection