Bilousova, Tina, Ph.D.
  • Associate Project Scientist, Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Associate Project Scientist, School of Nursing at UCLA

Bilousova, Tina, Ph.D.


Drug Discovery Laboratory
UCLA Department of Neurology
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Over more than 10 years in biomedical research, I have had a long-standing interest in structural and biochemical synaptic alterations in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Since joining Dr. Gylys' laboratory (part of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's disease Research at UCLA) in 2010, the main focus of my research is Alzheimer's disease. I received extensive training in a variety of biochemical/cell biology methods as well as in bioassay development. In addition to basic techniques, this includes development of oligomer specific and complex specific sandwich ELISA, flow cytometry analysis of microparticles, co-cultures of neurons and immune cells (microglia and macrophages), and multiplex biomarker assays. As a member of the Drug Discovery Laboratory since 2014, I am working on target identification for new AD drug candidates, development of exosome-based liquid biopsy tests for neurodegenerative disorders and mechanism-based screening of tau propagation inhibitors.



  • M.A. Biochemistry, Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine



  • Bilousova TV, Rusakov DA, Ethell DW, Ethell IM 2006. Matrix metalloproteinase-7 disrupts dendritic spines in hippocampal neurons through NMDA receptor activation. J Neurochem. 97(1):44-56.
  • Bilousova TV, Dansie L, Ngo M, Aye J, Charles JR, Ethell DW, Ethell IM 2009. Minocycline promotes dendritic spine maturation and improves behavioural performance in the fragile X mouse model. J Med Genet. 46(2):94-102.
  • Sokolow S, Henkins KM, Bilousova T, Miller CA, Vinters HV, Poon W, Cole GM, Gylys KH 2012. AD synapses contain abundant Aβ monomer and multiple soluble oligomers, including a 56-kDa assembly. Neurobiol Aging 33(8):1545-55.
  • Arold S, Sullivan P, Bilousova T, Teng E, Miller CA, Poon WW, Vinters HV, Cornwell LB, Saing T, Cole GM, Gylys KH 2012. Apolipoprotein E level and cholesterol are associated with reduced synaptic amyloid beta in Alzheimer's disease and apoE TR mouse cortex. Acta Neuropathol. 123(1):39-52.
  • Bilousova T, Dang H, Xu W, Gustafson S, Jin Y, Wickramasinghe L, Won T, Bobarnac G, Middleton B, Tian J, Kaufman DL 2012. Major histocompatibility complex class I molecules modulate embryonic neuritogenesis and neuronal polarization. J Neuroimmunol. 247(1-2):1-8.
  • Tai LM, Bilousova T, Jungbauer L, Roeske SK, Youmans KL, Yu C, Poon WW, Cornwell LB, Miller CA, Vinters HV, Van Eldik LJ, Fardo DW, Estus S, Bu G, Gylys KH, Ladu MJ 2013. Levels of soluble apolipoprotein E/amyloid-β (Aβ) complex are reduced and oligomeric Aβ increased with APOE4 and Alzheimer disease in a transgenic mouse model and human samples. J Biol Chem. 288(8):5914-26.
  • Bilousova T, Taylor K, Emirzian A, Gylys R, Frautschy S, Cole GM, Teng E 2015. Parallel age-associated changes in brain and plasma neuronal pentraxin receptor levels in a transgenic APP/PS1 rat model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Dis. 74:32-40.
  • Sokolow S, Henkins KM, Bilousova T, Gonzalez B, Vinter HV, Miller CA, Cornwell L, Poon WW, Gylys K 2015 Presynaptic C-terminal truncated tau is released from cortical synapses in Alzheimer's disease. J. Neurochem. 133 (3): 368-379.
  • Wang DB, Kinoshita Y, Uo T, Sopher BL, Cudaback E, Keene CD, Bilousova T, Gylys K, Case A, Jayadev S, Wang HG, Garden GA, Morrison RS 2015. Loss of endophilin-B1 exacerbates Alzheimer's disease pathology. Brain. 138 (Pt 7): 2005-2019.
  • Teng E, Taylor K, Bilousova T, Weiland D, Pham T, Zuo X, Yang F, Chen PP, Glabe CG, Takacs A, Hoffman DR, Frautschy SA, Cole GM 2015. Dietary DHA supplementation in an APP/PS1 transgenic rat model of AD reduces behavioral and Aβ pathology and modulate Aβ oligomerization. Neurobiol Dis. 82:552-560.
  • Bilousova T, Miller CA, Poon WW, Vinters HV, Corrada M, Kawas C, Hayden EY, Teplow DB, Glabe C, Albay R 3rd, Cole GM, Teng E, Gylys KH 2016 Synaptic Amyloid- β oligomers precede p-Tau and differentiate high pathology control cases. Am J Pathol. 186 (1): 185-198.
  • Prieto GA, Trieu BH, Dang CT, Bilousova T, Gylys KH, Berchtold NC, Lynch G, Cotman CW 2017 Pharmacological rescue of long-term potentiation in Alzheimer disease synapses. J.Neurosci 37(5):1197-1212.
  • Ma QL, Teng E, Zuo X, Jones M, Teter B, Zhao EY, Zhu C, Bilousova T, Gylys KH, Apostolova LG, LaDu MJ, Hossain MA, Frautschy SA, Cole GM 2018 Neuronal pentraxin 1: a synaptic-derived plasma biomarker in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Dis. 114:120-128.
  • Alam MP, Bilousova T, Spilman P, Vadivel K, Bai D, Elias CJ, Evseenko D, John V 2018 A small molecule mimetic of humanin peptide as a candidate for modulating NMDA-induced neurotoxicity. ACS Chem Neurosi 9 (3):462-468.
  • Bilousova T, Elias C, Mioshi E, Alam MP, Zhu C, Campagna J, Vadivel K, Jagodzinska B, Gylys K, John V 2018 Suppression of tau propagation using an inhibitor that targets the DK-switch of nSMase2. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2018.03.209.


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