B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame
PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University
Assistant professor of chemistry at Ave Maria University from 2017-2020
Received a National Research Council Research Associateship Program Postdoctoral Fellowship to do research at the US Naval Research Laboratory
Co-PI on Co-PI on a $100,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health’s Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program in 2018
Member of the Society of Catholic Scientists
Dr. Vranish is interested in the study of proteins and enzymes. In recent years, his focus has been on proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encepholopathy. A common feature in both of these diseases is activation of a protease known as asparaginyl endopeptidase (AEP). This protein cleaves a number of other proteins in the cell, and results in conditions that can lead to neuronal cell death. His group works to understand how AEP functions and to develop tools to screen for potential therapeutics to target its function in patients.