Dr. Monica Chau joins the UK Department of Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor

Monica J. Chau, PhD

Dr. Monica Chau, co-chair  of the WIMS Student and Trainee subcommittee, recently joined the research faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery conducting clinical research. She studies the intracerebral engraftment of peripheral nerve cells into Parkinson’s Disease patients at UK’s Brain Restoration Center. Her research interests are neurodegeneration and regeneration, cell therapy, and stem cells.

Dr. Chau completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Emory University studying the regenerative effects of stem cell engraftment after ischemic stroke. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship studying the effects of the hypoxic microenvironment on glioblastoma stem cells at Emory University and UK. Her research has been funded by the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.