Maged Harraz

Instructor in Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Harraz is an instructor in The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

He studies the molecular mechanisms underlying motivation, reward, and cell survival/death.  Dr. Harraz's research aims to elucidate the interplay between redox signaling and protein homeostasis to leverage for drug discovery for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. He uses multidisciplinary approaches (pharmacology, chemo proteomics, molecular biology, genetics, microsurgery, and behavioral models) to investigate the role of proteostasis in motivated behavior and neurodegeneration. His work reveals that autophagic proteostasis regulates dopaminergic neurotransmission, rewarding actions of cocaine, and illicit drug toxicity. His most recent work has uncovered a novel high-affinity receptor for cocaine.

Dr. Harraz received his medical degree from the Suez Canal University School of Medicine in Ismailia, Egypt. He completed his PhD in cell biology and molecular medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA.  He then conducted his postdoctoral work in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

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