Jill Murrell, PhD
Dr. Murrell is Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Her research focus is genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Murrell is collaborating on several projects that examine genetic causes or risk factors of Alzheimer Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Cognitive Decline in Aging. She leads the genetic studies for the Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Study, which examines risk factors for dementia in elderly African-Americans living in Indianapolis and elderly Yoruba living in Ibadan, Nigeria. In addition, Jill is a consultant for genetic studies done in the elderly in China. For the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, Dr. Murrell's responsibilities include genotyping Apolipoprotein E, a risk factor for Alzheimer Disease and examining familial cases for mutations in genes causing dementia. Recently, she has developed and directed a graduate course entitled "Translational Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases". The aim of the course is to show the human side of disease to students who work at the laboratory bench and who otherwise would not receive this exposure. Dr. Murrell also serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Council for the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias.