2024 Toffler Scholar

Head and shoulders of Ignaty LeshchinerIgnaty Leshchiner, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, is the 2024 Toffler Assistant Professor.

The Toffler Scholar Program was established by the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust to support promising young medical researchers, physicians and scientists working on early-stage, future-focused brain science with funding and a vital, relevant network through an internal competition at the school.

Alzheimer’s disease encompasses distinct subtypes that are challenging to detect and differentiate during an individual’s lifetime, often limiting treatment strategies to symptom management. Dr. Leshchiner is profiling circulating nucleic acids in the blood to identify biomarkers of Alzheimer’s subtypes that are common in solid tissue, cerebrospinal fluid and blood to develop a blood-based assay to detect and monitor Alzheimer’s disease.