Anthony Blaeser, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research
Department of Neurology
Carolinas HealthCare System

Prior Positions and Experience


Instructional Assistant Professor, Illinois State University (Normal, IL)


PhD: 2010, Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
MS: 2006, Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
BS: 2003, Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)
AS: 2001, Rock Valley Community College (Rockford, IL)

Research Interests

Dr. Blaeser’s research interest is in the characterization of a mouse model with mutations in the Fukutin-related protein (FKRP) gene developed in the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research. The development of this mouse model is crucial in understanding factors and pathways involved in a subset of muscular dystrophies, related to the FKRP mutations, known as dystroglycanopathies. His focus is in examining the progression of the disease as well as examining possible developmental factors and pathways affected by the FKRP mutations with a goal of identifying possible targets for experimental therapies. He is also interested in the use of RNA activation (RNAa) as a way to upregulate specific proteins which may compensate for the loss of FKRP function.

Recent Publications

Blaeser, Anthony, Kerameris, Elizabeth, Chan, Yiumo M., Cowley, Dale, Xiao, Xiao, Lu, Qi Long. 2013. Mouse models of fukutin-related protein mutations show a wide range of disease phenotypes. Human Genetics. 132(8): 923-934. [PMID: 23591631]

Blaeser, Anthony, McGlauchlen, Kiley, Vogel, Laura A. 2008. Aged B lymphocytes retain their ability to express surface markers but are dysfunctional in their proliferative capability during early activation events. Immunity and Ageing. Nov 15, 5: 15-25. [PMCID: PMC2615744]

Blaeser, Anthony, Panwar, Akanksha, Vogel, Laura A. 2007. Humoral immunity and aging: Intrinsic B cell defects. Current Trends in Immunology. 8: 61-67.