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Lazarou Laboratory

Autophagy and Mitochondrial Quality Control

Welcome to the Lazarou Lab

Our lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of PINK1/Parkin mitophagy and how it works with mitochondrial repair pathways to maintain healthy mitochondria. Given the fundamental importance of autophagy to life, our research also aims to understand the factors and processes that govern autophagy.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Neuroscience, Immunity, and Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity Programs, and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr Michael Lazarou

Deputy Head (Strategy), Neuroscience Program

My global research connections, partners and funding can be viewed on my Monash Research Profile.

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Our research

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common of the neurodegenerative disorders, affecting 1-2% of the population worldwide. Multiple lines of evidence place mitochondrial dysfunction as a central player in the pathogenesis of sporadic PD, and studies of genes associated with familial PD demonstrate convergent pathways involving oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. Our research is focused on understanding how human cells maintain mitochondrial health via the repair or removal of damaged mitochondria.

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