Dr. Michelle Steinhilb 
Dr. Steinhilb

About Dr. Michelle Steinhilb

Job Title: Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Steinhilb’s lab focuses on understanding the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.

Alzheimer’s disease belongs to a group of related disorders known as “tauopathies” whose common feature involves tau proteins, which are highly abundant in neurons. Normally, tau physically interacts with certain proteins to help cells maintain their shape and transport critical substances to cellular locations where they are needed. Alzheimer’s disease conditions, however, lead to a breakdown of normal tau function.

To investigate the role of tau in disease, Dr. Steinhilb’s lab uses several approaches, including Drosophila genetics, tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, and microscopy. Dr. Steinhilb hopes to ultimately learn more about the underlying causes of tau toxicity in order to help others to develop new treatment strategies to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Contact Dr. Steinhilb at stein3ml@cmich.edu, or visit her office in Brooks 206A.