Albert La Spada, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Head of Genetics Pediatrics
Professor Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 858-246-0149
Lab: 858-246-0181
Fax: 858-246-0162

University of California, San Diego
Department of Pediatrics
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive #0642
La Jolla, CA 92037-0642 

Lab Website

Our laboratory applies the tools of molecular genetics, neuroscience, and functional genomics to understand mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. My research program is focused upon human genetic diseases caused by expansions of trinucleotide repeats, including Huntington’s disease, spinobulbar muscular atrophy, and spinocerebellar ataxia type 7. We have found that transcription dysregulation and activation of apoptosis / autophagy are important in neurological disease. We have learned that protease function and proteolytic cleavage regulate key events in pathogenesis. Our goal is to define molecular and cellular pathways by which neurons become dysfunctional and use this knowledge to devise rational therapies.


Research Focus Areas:

Genetics and Genomics  |  Gene Expression and Regulation  |  Neurodevelopment and Neurodegenerative Disease


Dr. La Spada's Publications (PubMed)