Director and Lead Research Scientist
Anastas Popratiloff, MD, PhD is the Director and Lead Research Scientist for the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) and limited service professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The focus of his current research is neuronal structure, neuronal networks, and models of major neurological conditions. He received his MD degree from the Medical University of Sofia in Bulgaria and his doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne in Germany. Between 1994-1997 he received postdoctoral training at the laboratory of Prof. Aldo Rustioni, where he conducted pioneering research on the role of AMPA receptors at the first brain synapses processing pain and AMPA homeostatic regulation in sensory deprivation. Before joining GW, he held academic research and teaching positions at the Medical University of Sofia and the University of Cologne. In 2006 he was appointed the Director of the GW Center for Microscopy and Image Analysis and Research Associate Professor of Anatomy, and served as co-director of the Cell and Tissue Imaging Core of the District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. In 2014, he took a leading role in the design and implementation of the GWNIC.