Cristopher Bragg, PhD

Cris Bragg, PhD
Cristopher Bragg, PhD

Cristopher Bragg, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS), and serves as the Director of the Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism at Mass General. In this capacity, he coordinates XDP-related basic science research activities performed by different laboratories at Mass General, including his own.

Dr. Bragg received an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Duke University and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   

He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Mass General in the laboratory of Xandra Breakefield, PhD, focusing on biochemical analyses of the DYT1 dystonia protein, torsinA.   

As a junior faculty member, his research program is now directed towards two central themes: (1) the identification of cellular pathways that may be affected in multiple forms of dystonia, with particular emphasis on XDP, DYT1, and DYT6; and (2) the development of screening tools that can be used to seek new drugs for treating dystonia. His group approaches these questions using multiple strategies.

A current major focus of the Bragg Laboratory is the generation of dystonia stem cell models that can be used both for probing disease mechanisms and as platforms for testing candidate therapeutics.

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