Center Director


Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles H Markham Professor of Neurology
Director, Integrative Center for Neural Repair (ICNR) and
Director, Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease (CSPD) at UCLA
Genetic animal models of PD, non-motor symptoms of PD, environmental factors in PD
preclinical testing of novel PD treatments


Movement Disorders Program Director


Jeff Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurologist/Movement Disorders Specialist
Director, UCLA Movement Disorders Program
Director, Southwest VA PADRECC
Cellular and zebrafish models of PD, Transplantation and DBS clinical trials


Yvette Bordelon M.D., Ph.D.

Neurologist/Movement Disorders Specialist
Assistant Professor, Neurology


Epidemiology/Human Genetics

Beate Ritz M.D., Ph.D.

Co-director, Center for Gene Environment in Parkinson’s Disease
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Neurology Vice Chair, Epidemiology
Genetic and environmental risk factors for PD, pesticide exposure and PD


Giovanni Coppola, M.D.

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences; Neurology
Epidemiology and Human Genetics
and risk factors in PD


Molecular Mechanisms/Genetic Modifiers


John Froines, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences
the role of environmental toxins in PD


Dreier, Lars Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Molecular Mechanisms and genetic modifiers in PD


Ming Guo, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Molecular Mechanisms and Genetic Modifiers in PD: Parkin and Pink-1 in drosophila models of PD


Oliver Hankinson, Ph.D.

Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Molecular mechanisms and genetic modifiers in PD; Environmental toxins in PD


David Krantz,  M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology
Assistant Professor in residence, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Synaptic transmission and dysfunction in drosophila models


(Aldons) Jake Lusis, Ph.D.

Chair, Human Genetics
Professor, Human Genetics, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics;
Director, Mouse Metabolic Syndrome Phenotype Facility;     
Molecular Mechanisms/Genetic Modifiers in PD


Nigel Maidment, Ph.D.

Professor, Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology; Psychiatry & biobehavioral Sciences
Neurotransmitter release and dysfunction in models of PD


Alvaro Sagasti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Molecular mechanisms and genetic modifiers in PD


Felix, Schweizer Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Electrophysiological studies of regulation of Neurotransmitter release in PD


Desmond Smith M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Molecular Mechanisms and Genetic Modifiers in PD

Sophie Sokolow, Ph.D, M.Ph.

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Molecular Mechanisms and genetic modifiers in PD


Alex Van der Bliek, Ph.D.

Professor, Biological Chemistry
Molecular Mechanisms/Genetic Modifiers: Interaction of mitochondria with PD susceptibility genes




Brain Circuitry

Michele Basso, Ph.D.

Professor-in-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
role of Basal Ganglia in cognition and decision making


V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Integrative Biology and Physiology
circuitry of motor control in PD


Michael Levine, Ph.D.

Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Associate Director, Mental Retardation Research Center
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying neuronal dysfunction in PD



Drug Development

Gal, Bitan PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Drug Development: Use of "molecular tweezers" to prevent formation of alpha-synuclein aggregates in PD


Modeling: PD Risk and Non-motor Symptoms

Chris Colwell, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Modeling:PD risk and non-motor symptoms: Dysfunction of circadian rhythms in PD


David Hovda, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology; Neurosurgery
Modeling:PD risk and non-motor symptoms; Traumatic Brain Injury and PD


David Jentsch, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology; Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Modeling: PD risk and non-motor symptoms


James David Jentsch
Taché, Yvette Ph.D.

Professor, Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology, Medicine
Associate Director:CURE Digestive Diseases Research Center
Modeling: PD Risk and Non-Motor Symptoms


William Xiangdong, Yang M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Creation of transgenic mouse models of PD using the BAC system