Robert E. Mrak, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert E. Mrak, MD, PhD


Director of Neuropathology
Department of Pathology
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus, MS #1090
3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43614-2598
Phone:  419-383-3469
Fax:  419-383-3066

Medical Education and Training:

  • M.D. University of California at Davis
  • Ph.D. University of California at Davis
  • Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology and in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology
  • American Board of Pathology, Neuropathology

Clinical Interests:

  • Surgical neuropathology
  • Autopsy, and autopsy neuropathology
  • Neuropathology of dementia
  • Diagnostic nerve and muscle biopsies

Research Interests:

  • Glial inflammatory processes in chronic neurodegenerative diseases
  • Practice and management in academic pathology

Representative recent publications:

(From a total of over160 publications; find a complete list here)

   Thal DR, von Arnim CAF, Griffin WST, Mrak RE, Walker L, Attems J, Arzberger T.  Frontotemporal lobar degeneration FTLD-tau: preclinical lesions, vascular, and Alzheimer-related co-pathologies.  J Neural Transm 122:1007-18, 2015
   Zawada MW, Mrak RE, Biedermann J, Palmer QD, Gentleman SM, Aboud O, Griffin W.  Loss of angiotensin II receptor expression in dopamine neurons in Parkinson’s disease correlates with pathological progression and is accompanied by increases in Nox4- and 8-OH guanosine-related nucleic acid oxidation and caspase-3 activation. Acta Neuropathologica Communications 3:9, 2015
   Aboud O, Parcon PA, DeWall M, Liu L, Mrak RE, Griffin ST. Aging, Alzheimer’s, and APOE genotype influence the expression and neuronal distribution patterns of microtubule motor protein dynactin-P50.  Front Cell Neurosci 9:103, 2015
Mrak RE, Angtuaco EJC:  Atrophy of the cerebrum, deep gray matter, cerebellum, brainstem, and motor system.  In:  Gokden M, Kumar M (Eds):  Neuropathologic and Neuroradiologic Correlations:  A Differential Diagnostic Text and Atlas.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 2017.
   Parcon PA, Balasubramaniam M, Ayyadevara S, Jones RA, Liu L, Shmookler Reis RJ, Barger SW, Mrak RE, Griffin WST.  Apolipoprotein E4 inhibits autophagy gene products through direct, specific binding to CLEAR motifs.  Alzh Dement 14:230-242, 2018.
   Mrak RE, Parslow TG, Tomaszewski JE.  Outsourcing of Academic Clinical Laboratories: Experiences and Lessons from the Association of Pathology Chairs Laboratory Outsourcing Survey.  Academic Pathology 2018, Vol 5,
   Mrak RE, Parslow TG, Ducatman BS.  Benchmarking Subspecialty Practice in Academic Anatomic Pathology: The 2017 Association of Pathology Chairs Survey.  Academic Pathology 2018, Vol 5,


Last Updated: 5/15/19