Visar Belegu, PhD

Visar Belegu,  a Founding Board Member of The Sickle Cell Cure Foundation, has a BS in biology from Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) and an MS in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Belegu received his postdoctoral research training in neurosciences in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University and the non-profit Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Dr. Belegu is concurrently a Johns Hopkins University Medical School Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology and a Research Scientist in the Kennedy Krieger Institute International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI), where he directs the laboratory of Dr. John McDonald, Head of the ICSCI and formerly Christopher Reeve’s primary spinal cord physician.  Dr. Belegu is an expert on SCD molecular biology and lives in Baltimore where there are many SCD sufferers.