The Safar Lab Team

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Principal Investigator
Jiri Safar, MD

Dr. Safar is Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Neurology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He discovered previously unknown forms of prions, which led to the findings of new prion diseases, better understanding of the formation of human prions, and unraveling molecular mechanisms of prion strains. Dr. Safar invented the Conformation-Dependent Immunoassay (CDI) for detection, and… Read More



Senior Research Assistants
Chae Kim
Tracy Haldiman

Current and Former Postdoctoral Scholars
Lenka Hromadkova, PhD
Miroslava Kacirova, PhD
M. Khursheed Siddiqi, PhD
Laura Cracco, PhD
M. Enamul Kabir, PhD

Neuropathology Core
Mark Cohen, MD

Mass Spectroscopy Core
Janna Kiselar, PhD

Cryo-electron Microscopy Core
TBD

Visiting Scholars
Eva Safarikova, PhD
Tibor Mosko, PhD

Grant Collaborators
Brian Appleby, MD Case Western Reserve University, National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC)
Byron Caughey, PhD National Institute of Health, NIAID, Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases
Mark Chance, PhD Case Western Reserve University, Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Mark Cohen, MD Case Western Reserve University, Department of Pathology
Jonathan Haines, PhD Case Western Reserve University, Institute for Computational Biology
Chris Jaroniec, PhD Ohio State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jana Kiselar Case Western Reserve University, Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Qingzhong Kong Case Western Reserve University, Department of Pathology
Witold Surewicz, PhD Case Western Reserve University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
David Westaway, PhD University of Alberta, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, Canada
Holger Wille, PhD University of Alberta, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, Canada
Thomas Wisniewski, MD, PhD New York University, Department of Neurology, Pathology and Psychiatry
Karel Holada, PhD Charles University, Institute of Immunology and Microbiology, Czech Republic