What We Do

Hunter James Kelly Research Institute (HJKRI) is dedicated to unlock the secrets of myelination in the nervous system and to find therapies for diseases of myelin such as Multiple Sclerosis, Leukodystrophies and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. HJKRI is supported by the University at BuffaloHunter Hope's Foundation, New York State and extramural funds.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Group photo of HJKRI faculty and staff.

Our HJKRI faculty hail from five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America!  We believe this makes for effective and creative research, comprising research approaches literally from all over the world!


New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics Life Sciences Building.

The basic research conducted at the HJKRI is based on a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how myelin is formed, how it is damaged in disease, and how it may be repaired.  Myelin diseases cause neurological problems by interfering with neuronal and axon function, so an important focus of HJKRI is to understand, prevent and reverse axonal degeneration.  We use a variety of state-of-the art approaches that include genetic models, bioinformatics, primary cultures of neuronal and glial cells form patients and animal models, neurophysiology and live imaging.  

Updated October 9, 2019