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Dr. Catherine M. Cahill

Dr. Catherine M. Cahill

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School


Catherine M. Cahill is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co directs the Neurochemistry Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked in the area of iron homeostasis and neurodegeneration for the past decade. At MGH, she and her colleagues were the first to discover an iron response element in the 5’UTR of the, Amyloid precursor protein mRNA and in several other neurodegenerative disease associated genes. High through put screens using the 5’UTRs of these mRNAs have landed several small molecules that modulate Iron homeostasis.

Research Interest

Catherine’s interests are in the inflammation associated transcription factors, Activator Protein 1 and Nuclear Factor Kappa B. Her discovery of a novel cross talk pathway between these factors together with her work on developmental expression of AP-1 in the intestine has potential to develop into therapies for intestinal inflammation and cancer.