Monica Chau, PhD

As the National Director of Research, Dr. Monica Chau is responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the research program for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA). Dr. Chau’s scientific and community leadership experience drew her to HA where she has the opportunity to both advance medical treatment and advocate for patients and families affected by hydrocephalus.

Dr. Chau joins HA as a neuroscientist with more than 17 years of experience in basic science, translational, and clinical research. She received her PhD from Emory University in Neuroscience. Prior to joining HA, she was conducting clinical research as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at University of Kentucky.

Dr. Chau’s scientific expertise is in the use of cell therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as ischemic stroke, peripheral nerve injury, and Parkinson’s disease. As a Research Assistant Professor, she conducted clinical research on a reparative cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Her published research findings include the regenerative abilities of several types of cells including induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and bone marrow stem cells for ischemic stroke. Among her honorifics, she was awarded a fellowship for her predoctoral work from the American Heart Association, a fellowship for her postdoctoral work from the American Cancer Society, and funding for her clinical research. She has published numerous articles on regenerative treatments, neurodegeneration, and has received more than 13 scientific and presentation awards throughout her career.

Dr. Chau has been a leader in both academic and community organizations including Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS), The Nest, a community center for women, children, and families (Lexington, KY), and the Brain Awareness Week educational campaign through the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). These opportunities allowed her to advocate for causes that she is passionate about such as elevating women physicians and scientists in their careers, supporting underserved families in the community, and teaching. She was the co-chair of the student & trainee subcommittee in WIMS and facilitated career advancement programs in the College of Medicine of University of Kentucky. She has also taught several university courses including research seminar courses, cell biology, introduction to biology, and behavioral neuroscience. Dr. Chau enjoys scientific discussion, connection, and collaboration.