Dr. Alexander Parsadanian is a Scientific Review Officer in the Scientific Review Branch of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) since 2009. He holds a PhD (1984) in Molecular Biology from the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow. He completed postdoctotal training in the Department of Neurochemistry at Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Martinsried, Germany (1992-1994). Before joining the NIA, Dr. Parsadanian worked in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine as an Associate Professor and Independent Principal Investigator (1995-2008). His research was primarily focused on the neurobiology of neurotrophic factors on motoneuron during development, following neuronal injury and in neurodegenerative disease, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. He has more than 35 publications, including papers in Science, Neuron, and Journal of Neuroscience. He also holds three patents. His primary scientific areas of focus as an SRO include, but are not limited to neuroscience of aging, neurodegenerative diseases, including different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Related Dementias (ADRD), AD drug development and repositioning, and Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76 mechanism).