Benjamin Combs, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He researches the tau protein with the goal of better understanding the protein’s toxic mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as well as its normal functions. Much of his work focuses on the role of the tau protein in axonal transport and how pathological modifications to the protein disrupt this critical process in disease through modulation of signaling pathways that regulate motor protein function.