After obtaining his doctorate, Timothy Raabe, Ph.D., joined the laboratory of Dr. George H. DeVries at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and began investigating the role of growth factors, or molecules that influence glial cell development, to determine the feasibility of using certain growth factors as possible therapeutic agents for certain diseases affecting the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis or diabetic neuropathy. Raabe’s work focused on a family of growth factors termed neuregulins. The neuregulins are very important for the development of not only oligodendrocytes, but also Schwann cells, which are responsible for myelination in the peripheral nervous system.
His research focuses on the ability of both oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells to produce their own neuregulins, which may enable these cells to regulate their own survival, differentiation or proliferation.
Raabe joined the faculty at St. Mary’s University in 1997 and was named Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in 2009. Raabe is also the first Benjamin F. Biaggini Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences at St. Mary’s University. He was appointed the first Associate Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.The St. Mary’s University Alumni Association recognized him with the Gateway Million+ Club Award on Jan. 2015.
Higgins, P.B., Rodriguez, P.J., Voruganti, S.V., Mattern, V., Bastarrachea, R.A., Rice, K, Raabe, T., and Comuzzie, A.G. 2013. Body Composition and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in captive baboons (Papio hamadryas Sp.): sexual dimorphism. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, in press.
Gu, Y., Chen, Z-W., Siegel, A., Koshy, R., Ramirez, C., Raabe, T.D., DeVries, G.H., and A.A. Ilyas. 2012. Analysis of Humoral Immune Responses to LM1 Ganglioside in Guinea Pigs. J Neuroimmunol., 246(1-2):58-64.