• Abdulbaki Agbas, MSc, PhD

    Associate Professor
    • Department: Basic Sciences
    Member of faculty since: 2010
    Curriculum Vitae


    • Ph.D. in 1988, University of Szeged/ Szeged-HUNGARY, 1988
    • M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Ataturk University/Erzurum-TURKEY, 1985
    • B.S. in Chemistry, Ataturk Univeristy/ Erzurum-TURKEY, 1980

    Teaching Interests/Courses

    • Cellular Respiration
    • Protein Folding
    • Alcohol Metabolism
    • Lipid Biochemistry
    • Neurochemistry

    Research Interests

    • Development of Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Mitochondrial Bioenergetics in Neurodegeneration
    • Zinc Homeostatis in Motorneurons
    • Molecular Biology of Aging and Neurodegeneration


    • Platelet TDP-43 protein: A proxy for proteinopathy in Alzheimer's disease, KU Alzheimer's Disease Center, 08/2013 - 08/2014
      Developing a peripheral biomarker/surogate marker that can be used for early detection of Alzheimer's disease before the clinical manifestations are revealed.
    • Human platelet TDP-43 protein: Potential molecular indicator for ALS, FRONTIERS - Trail Blazer Award, 04/2013 - 04/2014
      This small project will strengthen our proof-of-concept that longitudinally monitoring the chemical modifications of TDP-43 in platelets of ALS patients will help clinicians to make early diagnosis long before the onset of ALS.
    • Reactive Oxygen Species and Aging (P01 AG012993-11A2), National Institute of Aging, 04/2007 - 07/2012
      Principal Investigator- Dr. Elias K. Michaelis Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Kansas Role: Project-3 Co-Leader


    • Molecular Biology of Aging course, The Ellison Medical Foundation, USA, 07/2001
    • International Training Course Fellowship in Modern Biology, UNESCO/Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Biological Research Center, 09/1988
    • Travel Award, International Narcotic Research Conference Committee, 08/1988

    Professional Affiliations

    Physican Specialties

    • Molecular Biology of Aging and Aging Related Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Neurobiology (motor neurons and astrocytes)
    • Biochemistry (Lipids and biological membranes)

    Community Service

    • Science Mentor, 11/01/2013 - Present, Science Pioneer, Inc.

      I met several high school students and discussed their science projects.
    • Speaker, 01/01/2009 - Present, Dialogue Institute of Southwest

      Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (formerly known as the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue) grew out of the need to address the question, "How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?"

    Outside Interests

    • Outdoor Enthusiast
    • Playing Reed Flute (Nay)
    • Reading (Historical and philosophical books)

    Last updated on: 4/4/2014 10:38:00 AM