MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease

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Vanderburg, Charles, PhD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lab Phone: 617-726-6389
Fax: 617-724-2659
Lab Address: Building 114, 16th Street, Room 2725D


Charles (Chuck) Vanderburg is one of two Clinical Research Scientists in the MGH Department of Neurology’s teaching triad. As the director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center’s Advanced Tissue Resource Core (ATRC) for the past twelve years, he has had an opportunity to work closely with many hundreds of neuroscientists in the Boston academic and biomedical research community. This broad exposure enables him to serve as a unique resource in the teaching triad’s endeavor to integrate clinical neurology with research neuroscience. Dr. Vanderburg is an instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. At the MGH Institute he was a founding faculty member of the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation where he initiated distance learning and educational technology programs for allied health professionals. Dr. Vanderburg’s ATRC core laboratory provides technical expertise in the microgenomic and microproteomic profiling of human neuropathological tissue specimens and their derivatives using laser capture microdissection, digital PCR, multiplex bead cytometry, array-based expression analysis and Next-Gen Sequencing. His current research projects focus on non-coding RNAs and microvesicles as epigenetic regulators of neurodegenerative, neuromuscular and neuropsychiatric diseases.


Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, a masters degree in Immunology from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. in anatomy, cellular, and molecular biology from New Jersey Medical School. Since completing his post-doctoral fellowship in developmental biology with Elizabeth Hay at Harvard Medical School, Chuck has served as a research program analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital, an adjunct associate professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and a research scientist for NASA. He has been director of the ATRC laboratory at MIND since 2002.

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