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.