Lin Mei, MD, PhD Joins Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Lin Mei, MD, PhD, joins Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as professor, chair of the Department of Neurosciences, and director of the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative. Mei comes to the medical school following 13 highly productive years at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University where, since 2014, he served as professor and inaugural chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. Before then, he was director of the school’s Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics for five years.

He focuses on two main lines of research. First are mechanisms of synapse formation, using the neuromuscular junction, which is critical for accurate and rapid control of muscle contraction, as a model. In this realm, he studies several topics, including pathophysiological mechanisms of myasthenia gravis (for which he has discovered novel antibodies in patients) and other muscular dystrophies such as congenital myasthenia syndrome and ALS. His second line of research is pathophysiological mechanisms of brain disorders, including schizophrenia and autism. At present he is PI and co-PI of five NIH grants and a VA grant totaling $1.8 M per year.

“We are delighted to welcome Lin Mei to Cleveland and our school,” said Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs at Case Western Reserve University. “His expertise and leadership will add an impressive new dimension to our outstanding Department of Neurosciences and innovative Brain Health Initiative.”

Mei has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 40 reviews and book chapters; he is co-editor of the text Neural Development: Methods and Protocols, published by Humana Press in 2013. He is also an outstanding teacher and mentor, having trained and supervised dozens of PhD students, research fellows, and visiting scholars in the US and China.

He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Brain Research, Neurology: Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation, and since 2000, NeuroSignals. Mei has been academic editor at PLoS ONE for ten years and is ad hoc reviewer for more than 50 journals. He has played an organizing role in professional conferences globally, including a number in China, and delivered over 100 presentations to peers worldwide.


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