Asif Maroof is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Kevin Eggan at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, where he is currently utilizing cutting edge transgenic technology with pluripotent stem cells to both learn about human neurobiology and study mechanisms of neurological disease. Asif has presented his research to audiences all over the world, most recently at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) in Yokohama, Japan. He began his foray into the magical world of neuroscience under the brilliant Nobel laureate Eric Kandel in 2000. Asif continued to earn his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in bioengineering at Columbia University before embarking on his PhD at Weill Cornell University in Manhattan. He finished his doctorate work in 2010 under the guidance Lorenz Studer and Stewart Anderson, where he was one of the first to successfully generate different interneuronal populations of the cortex from mouse and human embryonic stem cells. He has published in various high impact journals in the fields of neurodevelopment and stem cell therapeutics, and continues to push the boundaries of how human neurobiology is studied through collaborations with researchers at the Broad Institute. Asif is fascinated by comparative evolutionary biology, regenerative medicine, elephants, and football. Asif enjoys tai chi chuan, breakdancing, and consuming ridiculously spicy food. He currently resides in Cambridge Massachusetts with his rascally dog Bossanova.
Maroof AM, Anderson SA: Off on a tangent: thalamocortical axons traverse a permissive corridor across the basal telencephalon. Neuron, 50(2): 185-8. 2006. PMID: 16630830.
Maroof AM, Brown K, Shi S, Studer L, and Anderson SA: Prospective Isolation of Cortical Interneuron Precursors from Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(13): 4667-75. 2010. PMID: 20357117.
Maroof AM, Anderson SA: The Origins and Specification of Cortical Interneurons. Developmental Plasticity of Inhibitory Circuitry, Springer 2010.
Maroof AM, Keros S, Tyson JA, Ying SW, Ganat YM, Merkle FT, Liu B, Goulburn A, Stanley EG, Elefanty AG, Widmer HR, Eggan KC, Goldstein PA, Anderson SA, Studer L: Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into cortical interneurons. Cell Stem Cell, 12(5): 559-72. 2013 PMID: 23642365
Suzuki N*, Maroof AM*, Koszka K, Intoh A, Eggan KC. Transcriptional activity of the C9ORF72 mouse ortholog corresponds with selectivity of neural degeneration in ALS/FTD. (accepted, Nature Neuroscience) *equal contribution