Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine School of Medicine
Dr. Carmela Abraham completed her undergraduate degree at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She earned her PhD degree in Neurobiology from Harvard University. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry in 1989 as an Assistant Professor and has since been promoted to Professor.
Dr. Abraham’s research interests are focused on the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease and the role of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) and Abeta peptide in the development of the disease. She also studies enzymes that break down the toxic Abeta peptide as a means to therapeutically clear the brain of this peptide. Genetic and molecular studies indicate that Abeta initiates the neurodegenerative aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Abraham is the recipient of The Neuroscience Education and Research Foundation Award for an Outstanding Promise as a Young Alzheimer Investigator (1990). Moreover she is the recipient of the highest awards from the Alzheimer’s Association – The Zenith Award (1994) and the Temple Award (1999). She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Society for Neurochemistry, American Association of Neuropathologists, New York Academy of Science, International Society for Amyloidosis, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, among others