Peter T. Nelson, MD, PhD

Practice areas

Practice areas

Clinical interests

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Hippocampal Sclerosis of Aging
  • MicroRNAs (MiRNAs)
  • Neuropathology

Peter T. Nelson, MD, PhD


My name is Peter Nelson; I received my medical degree, and a doctorate in philosophy in Neurobiology, from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. I then completed anatomic pathology residency, neuropathology clinical fellowship, and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia. I am board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology. I am leader of the Neuropathology Core of the University of Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease Center.

My areas of interest include neuropathology, microRNAs (miRNAs), Alzheimer's disease, hippocampal sclerosis of aging (HS-Aging), dementia with Lewy bodies, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Faculty rank

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Neuropathology

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Recent Publications

(Five most recent publications from PubMed via an automated list based on the provider’s ID and the University of Kentucky.)
  1. Pleiss MM, Sompol P, Kraner SD, Abdul HM, Furman JL, Guttmann RP, Wilcock DM, Nelson PT, Norris CM.
    Calcineurin proteolysis in astrocytes: Implications for impaired synaptic function.
    Biochim Biophys Acta. 2016 Sep;1862(9):1521-32.
  2. Kim J, Fiesel FC, Belmonte KC, Hudec R, Wang WX, Kim C, Nelson PT, Springer W, Kim J.
    miR-27a and miR-27b regulate autophagic clearance of damaged mitochondria by targeting PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1).
    Mol Neurodegener. 2016;11(1):55.
  3. Pietrzak M, Rempala GA, Nelson PT, Hetman M.
    Non-random distribution of methyl-CpG sites and non-CpG methylation in the human rDNA promoter identified by next generation bisulfite sequencing.
    Gene. 2016 Jul 1;585(1):35-43.
  4. Nelson PT.
    Cerebrovascular pathology and Alzheimer's disease.
    Lancet Neurol. 2016 Jun 13.
  5. Nelson PT, Trojanowski JQ, Abner EL, Al-Janabi OM, Jicha GA, Schmitt FA, Smith CD, Fardo DW, Wang WX, Kryscio RJ, Neltner JH, Kukull WA, Cykowski MD, Van Eldik LJ, Ighodaro ET.
    "New Old Pathologies": AD, PART, and Cerebral Age-Related TDP-43 With Sclerosis (CARTS).
    J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Jun;75(6):482-98.

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