The True Lab

Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

Washington University School of Medicine

Laura Westergard

Originally from Ohio
B.S., Biology, Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Washington University, 2009


  • Westergard L, Turnbaugh JA, Harris DA (2011). A naturally occurring C-terminal fragment of the prion protein (PrP) delays disease and acts as a dominant-negative inhibitor of PrPSc formation. J Biol Chem. 286(51):44234-42. doi:10.1074/jbc.M111.286195
  • Turnbaugh JA, Westergard L, Unterberger U, Biasini E, Harris DA (2011). The N-terminal, polybasic region is critical for prion protein neuroprotective activity. PLoS ONE. 6(9):e25675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025675
  • Westergard L, Turnbaugh JA, Harris DA (2011). A nine amino acid domain is essential for mutant prion protein toxicity. J Neurosci. Sep 28;31(39):14005-17. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1243-11.2011
  • Westergard L, Christensen HM, Harris DA (2007). The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)): its physiological function and role in disease. Biochim Biophys Acta. Jun;1772(6):629-44.
Laura Westergard