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Phillip Danielson

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis "Lou Gehrig's Disease"

Dr. Phillip B. Danielson has recently joined the ERI research team studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is known to have both sporadic and familial forms. Mutations in the copper-zinc superoxide dismutase gene (SOD1) account for 10 to 20 percent of the inherited ALS. Over 100 different mutations in the SOD1 gene can cause ALS in humans and at least 8 of these have been shown to produce an ALS-like phenotype when expressed in transgenic mice.

Dr. Danielson teaches courses in virology/infectious human disease, immunology, human molecular biology and forensic biology. His research program encompasses studies in forensic genetics and comparative proteomics, particularly the development of new technologies for the analysis of DNA mixtures.

Dr. Danielson has collaborated with forensic scientists from around the world. His work has been featured in both academic and professional journals and magazines including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Scientist magazine, USA Today and Law Enforcement Technology magazine. He also serves as science advisor to the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center for the Rocky Mountain Region.