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    Dr. Michael Belloy is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Washington University in Saint Louis, within the Neurogenomics and Informatics Center (NGI). His lab is dedicated to spearheading innovative research in the field of age-related neurological and dementia disorders, employing a multi-modal, big-data approach that integrates genetics, multi-omics, imaging, biomarkers, clinical data, and histopathological data. Dr. Belloy's primary objective is to identify novel genetic risk variants for Alzheimer’s disease, understand their molecular pathways, and leverage this knowledge for drug development and personalized genetic medicine. His current work focuses on three primary areas in the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease: 1) Sex dimorphism, supported by an R00 grant, 2) The role of ancestry, and 3) Disease heterogeneity and resilience. Dr. Belloy also serves as the vice-chair of the Sex and Gender Differences Professional Interest Area (PIA) for the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Dr. Belloy's academic background melds data analytics, brain imaging research, neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, population genetics, and functional genomics. Before joining Washington University, Dr. Belloy was first a postdoc and later an instructor at Stanford University in the Department of Neurology, in the lab of Dr. Michael Greicius. During this period, he centered his research efforts on identifying genetic variants that offer protection against APOE*4-related risk for Alzheimer’s disease. He obtained funding from an Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF), a Stanford ADRC developmental project, and a K99 Pathway to Independence Award. Earlier in his career, Dr. Belloy earned his PhD from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in the lab of Annemie Van der Linden, where he conducted functional brain imaging studies to characterize neural dynamics and develop novel biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease using rodent models. Additionally, he secured a research grant from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) which facilitated a 6-month research stay in the lab of Dr. Shella Keilholz at Emory University.

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