Dr. John Elam
- Department of Biological Science
- Dr. Elam's research centered on the roles of glycoproteins in nerve-cell maintenance and response to injury. A particular focus was on molecules that are moved down the nerve-cell axon by the process of axonal transport and on a specific subclass of glycoproteins called proteoglycans. Axonal transport is known to be essential for maintaining the physiological viability of axons and synaptic terminals in mature neural tissue and for the formation of axons and synaptic terminals during development and nerve regeneration. Proteoglycans are of particular interest because they play important functional roles in axonal-synaptic physiology and in the guidance of axons during developmental or regenerative growth.