​Tommy Lewis, Ph.D.


​Postdoctoral 2013-2018, Columbia University, New York

​Postdoctoral Training 2010-2013, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

​PhD 2010, University of Southern California

​BS 2003, University of Southern California

​Research Overview

​Mitochondria are often referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell.” However, for something important enough to gain this reputation, we still have much to learn about the various roles mitochondria play in humans. My lab focuses on the function of mitochondria in neurons during both health and disease. We are interested in learning how neurons control our brain, and what goes wrong during aging leading to devastating neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s.

Traditionally, we had to look at these cells outside the body in a dish but many times it is difficult to translate that work back into something relevant for treating human patients. We have developed a new imaging method where we can observe the function of mitochondria in living, relevant mouse models. As this research develops, we will be able to track what happens during disease progression in real-time. This may result in new avenues for understanding these traumatic diseases.

​Lewis Lab

Tommy Lewis, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

​Shadi Khademi

​Assistant Staff Scientist

​Bertha Osei

​Senior Research Technician

​Klaudia Strucinska

​Research Technician


​Oklahoma ​Medical Research Program

Aging & Metabolism Research Program

​Chapman Building, MS 21

​825 N.E. 13th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73104

​Phone: ​(405) 271-7582


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