Julia TCW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

PhD, Harvard University
AM, Harvard University
BS, Catholic University of Korea

Pronouns: doctor TCW/ Ph.D.: Harvard University

Dr. Julia TCW received Ph.D. and A.M. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University with research studies in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) reprogramming in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. She then perused her postdoctoral research in the Department of Neuroscience, Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York with a research focus of the development of iPSC models and study Alzheimer’s disease (AD) genetics. She achieved Druckenmiller Fellowship award from New York Stem Cell Foundation and K, U and R awards from NIH-NIA.

Our research laboratory is aiming at human induced pluripotent stem cell therapeutics. There are two main goals; 1) Deciphering functional mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) genetics using in vitro iPSCs and in vivo iPSC/mouse Chimera models and 2) Developing in vitro model systems of human brain for drug screen.

1. Much of our research focuses on the effects of AD genetic risks, especially Apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4), the most significant risk factor for late-onset AD on human brain cell types. Our lab uses the forward genetic, unbiased multi-Omics computational (bioinformatics) approach to uncover pathways and network defects of AD genetic risks and demonstrate molecular mechanisms of the risk factors in CNS cell types derived from CRISPR/Cas9 genome-edited isogenic and population iPSCs. We develop novel computational pipelines to identify molecular and network drivers and integrate genetics and transcriptomics/proteomics for a functional genomic study. In vitro and in vivo work have been focused on efferocytosis, lipid metabolism, matrisome and inflammation in pure human microglia, astrocytes and organoids (multiple brain cell types as a whole) associated with AD genetic risks. Further, our lab is also collaborating with the industry to find a drug target for AD therapeutics.

2. We have developed multiple novel CNS cell type protocols including astrocytes, microglia, pericytes, neural progenitors and glutamatergic neurons and continuously put our effort to advance the 2D models to 3D human brain model to establish efficient platforms for drug screen.

Director of the Laboratory of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapeutics
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Biology and pathobiology of apoE in aging and Alzheimer's disease - Core E
10/01/2021 - 05/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville NIH NIA

Modulation of astrocyte matrisome signals reprogram microglia that can be targeted to mitigate Alzheimer's disease
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2025 (PI)
Bright Focus Foundation

Dissect the interplay between sex and APOE at the single cell level to uncover novel pathways, targets and therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease
09/30/2021 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIA

Characterization of ApoE4 Induced Phospholipid Dysregulation in AD Pathogenesis
04/01/2021 - 03/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIA

Deciphering isogenic APOE isoform dependent neurodegenerative response in human glia
03/01/2022 - 02/29/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Uncovering APOE4 Matrisome endophenotypes using human iPSC-based models
09/15/2022 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging


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  1. Tcw J, Qian L, Pipalia NH, Chao MJ, Liang SA, Shi Y, Jain BR, Bertelsen SE, Kapoor M, Marcora E, Sikora E, Andrews EJ, Martini AC, Karch CM, Head E, Holtzman DM, Zhang B, Wang M, Maxfield FR, Poon WW, Goate AM. Cholesterol and matrisome pathways dysregulated in astrocytes and microglia. Cell. 2022 Jun 23; 185(13):2213-2233.e25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35750033; PMCID: PMC9340815; DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2022.05.017;
  2. Preman P, Tcw J, Calafate S, Snellinx A, Alfonso-Triguero M, Corthout N, Munck S, Thal DR, Goate AM, De Strooper B, Arranz AM. Human iPSC-derived astrocytes transplanted into the mouse brain undergo morphological changes in response to amyloid-ß plaques. Mol Neurodegener. 2021 09 25; 16(1):68. PMID: 34563212; PMCID: PMC8467145; DOI: 10.1186/s13024-021-00487-8;
  3. Cao J, Huang M, Guo L, Zhu L, Hou J, Zhang L, Pero A, Ng S, Gaamouch FE, Elder G, Sano M, Goate A, Tcw J, Haroutunian V, Zhang B, Cai D. MicroRNA-195 rescues AD-associated lysosomal defects. Mol Psychiatry. 2021 Sep; 26(9):4563. PMID: 34773105
  4. Novikova G, Kapoor M, Tcw J, Abud EM, Efthymiou AG, Chen SX, Cheng H, Fullard JF, Bendl J, Liu Y, Roussos P, Björkegren JL, Liu Y, Poon WW, Hao K, Marcora E, Goate AM. Integration of Alzheimer's disease genetics and myeloid genomics identifies disease risk regulatory elements and genes. Nat Commun. 2021 03 12; 12(1):1610. PMID: 33712570; PMCID: PMC7955030; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21823-y;
  5. Qian L, Tcw J. Human iPSC-Based Modeling of Central Nerve System Disorders for Drug Discovery. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jan 26; 22(3). PMID: 33530458; PMCID: PMC7865494; DOI: 10.3390/ijms22031203;
  6. Neff RA, Wang M, Vatansever S, Guo L, Ming C, Wang Q, Wang E, Horgusluoglu-Moloch E, Song WM, Li A, Castranio EL, Tcw J, Ho L, Goate A, Fossati V, Noggle S, Gandy S, Ehrlich ME, Katsel P, Schadt E, Cai D, Brennand KJ, Haroutunian V, Zhang B. Molecular subtyping of Alzheimer's disease using RNA sequencing data reveals novel mechanisms and targets. Sci Adv. 2021 01; 7(2). PMID: 33523961; PMCID: PMC7787497; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abb5398;
  7. Neff R, Wang M, Vatansever S, Guo L, Ming C, Wang Q, Wang E, Horgusluoglu-Moloch E, Song W, Li A, Castranio E, TCW J, Ho L, Goate A, Fossati V, Noggle S, Gandy S, Ehrlich ME, Katsel P, Schadt E, Cai D, Brennand KJ, Haroutunian V, Zhang B. Systematic Identification and Characterization of Molecular Subtypes of Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientific Advances. 2021.
  8. Saroja SR, Gorbachev K, TCW J, Goate AM, Pereira AC. Astrocyte-secreted glypican-4 drives APOE4-dependent tau pathology. PNAS. 2021.
  9. TCW J*, Preman P*, Snellinx A, Calafate S, Alfonso-Triguero M, Corthout N, Munck S, Rudolf Thal D, Goate AM, De Strooper B, Arranz AM. . Human iPSC-derived astrocytes transplanted into the mouse brain display three morphological responses to amyloid-ß plaques. bioRxiv. 2020; https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.1.
  10. Hur JY, Frost GR, Wu X, Crump C, Pan SJ, Wong E, Barros M, Li T, Nie P, Zhai Y, Wang JC, Tcw J, Guo L, McKenzie A, Ming C, Zhou X, Wang M, Sagi Y, Renton AE, Esposito BT, Kim Y, Sadleir KR, Trinh I, Rissman RA, Vassar R, Zhang B, Johnson DS, Masliah E, Greengard P, Goate A, Li YM. The innate immunity protein IFITM3 modulates ?-secretase in Alzheimer's disease. Nature. 2020 10; 586(7831):735-740. PMID: 32879487; PMCID: PMC7919141; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2681-2;
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2019-2023 NIH: Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award
2018 Keystone Symposia: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Scholarship
2018 5th International Conference on Molecular Neurodegeneration : BrightFocus Foundation travel award
2018 Charleston Conferences on Alzheimer’s Disease (CCAD) : Yong investigator nominee
2017-2019 New York Stem Cell Foundation: Druckenmiller Fellowship
2017 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai : Promising Young Investigator Award
2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference : Postdoctoral Poster Competition Winner Award
2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference : Travel fellowship
2015 from Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation : Young Investigator Scholar travel fellowship
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Alzheimer's disease genetics, Microglia, Astrocytes, Bioinformatics, Human iPSC modeling
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