Dr. Lior Mayo was born in Israel and obtained a degree in Biology from the Technion Institute, Haifa, Israel. Subsequently, he obtained a Ph.D. in Neurobiology, under the supervision of Prof. Reuven Stein, at the Tel-Aviv University Israel. Dr. Mayo received the Levi Eshkol Doctoral Fellowship Award For Excellent Students from the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, The David and Paulina Trotsky Foundation Award for Excellence Prize, and The Life Science Faculty Award for Excellence Achievements in Research for his Ph.D. research work. His research thesis, focused on understanding the mechanisms that govern microglia cells activation and death, and yielded the discovery of the role of CD38 as regulator of microglia and neuroinflammation.
Dr. Mayo joined the Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow in 2010, in the group of Dr. Howard Weiner. Dr. Mayo’s major research interests are the study of molecular pathways that control adaptive and innate immunity, particularly in the context of autoimmune diseases. In particular Lior is interested in the role of Astrocytes and Tr1 cells in autoimmunity and MS.