Lei received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University under Dr. Eric Delpire. His thesis study focused on the role of cation-chloride cotransporters in epileptic seizures. In 2010 he started his postdoctoral research in Dr. Lennart Mucke’s lab at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Diseases. Lei initially worked on multiple projects related to aberrant neuronal network activities in Alzheimer’s disease models. He continued as a research scientist working on aging and neuroinflammation at Gladstone until he joined Grace Science.
Lei believes there are many similarities between Alzheimer’s disease and rare neurological diseases. He hopes that his expertise in central nervous system disease will help lead to the cure of NGLY1 deficiency.