Dr. Malú Tansey

Malú Gámez Tansey, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Florida, as well as the Norman and Susan Fixel Chair in Neuroscience and Neurology, Investigator at the Evelyn F. and William L McKnight Brain Institute. Prior to joining the team at University of Florida, she served as a tenured professor of physiology and director of the Center for Neurodysfunction and Inflammation (CNI) at Emory University School of Medicine and a member of the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (CND).

Dr. Tansey obtained her B.S/M.S in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and her Ph.D. in Cell Regulation from UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Dallas, TX, where she was in the laboratory of Dr. James T. Stull in the Department of Physiology. She did post-doctoral work in the laboratory of Eugene M. Johnson Jr. at Washington University Medical School. Prior to setting up her academic research lab in 2002 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Physiology, she was head of the Chemical Genetics group at Xencor, a biotechnology company in Monrovia, working on biotherapeutic development.

Today, Tansey’s lab focuses on the role of inflammation and immune system responses in brain health and the development of disease. She studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuroinflammation in neurological disorders with a long-term goal of developing better therapies to prevent and/or delay these diseases.

In her spare time, Malú enjoys cooking, sailing, and scuba-diving.