Wulf Paschen

Professor in Anesthesiology
Research Professor in Neurobiology
Campus mail: 130 Sands Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-5576
Email address: wulf.paschen@duke.edu

My research interests are understanding the mechanisms underlying induction of cell death induced by a severe form of cellular stress. I am particularly interested in the role of the endoplasmic reticulum in the pathological process induced by transient cerebral ischemia and culminating in neuronal cell death. This pathological process is associated with an irreversible suppression of protein synthese that limits the ability of cells to withstand ischemia-induced impairment of endoplasmic reticulum function. We are working on strategies to activate restoration of protein synthese by conditional gene expression. A new area of research interest is understanding the role of small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) conjugation to target proteins in the fate of neurons exposed to transient interruption of blood supply. We found that SUMO conjugation is dramatically activated after ischemia. This process is particularly activated in neurons located at the border of infarcts where it induces translocation of SUMO conjugated proteins to the nucleus.

Education and Training

  • Eberhard Karls University (Germany), Ph.D. 1975