Byron Caughey, Ph.D.

Chief, TSE/Prion Biochemistry Section

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Ph.D., 1985, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Byron Caughey, Ph.D.


Dr. Caughey received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and completed postdoctoral studies in pharmacology at Duke University Medical Center from 1985 to 1986. He has conducted research on prions and other proteinopathies in the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases (now Laboratory of Neurological Infections and Immunity) since 1986. He became a tenured senior investigator in 1994. Dr. Caughey is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

prion transport

Fluorescently tagged prions taken up and transported along neuritic projections in a cultured neuron.

Credit: Dr. Kil Sun Lee