Undergraduate Training

The training and education of the next generation of scientists and clinicians is an integral part of the CSPD mission.

Undergraduate students working in the laboratories of  CSPD mentors have the opportunity to receive training in the latest aspects of Parkinson’s disease research. In addition to becoming skilled at the latest techniques and theories in the laboratory, students  also learn and adhere to all basic applicable safety and regulatory requirements.

The FORUM FOR UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS IN PARKINSON'S RESEARCH is a seminar series designed specifically to expose our undergraduate students to the various aspects of PD reserach, beyond their own particular project in the lab. In this student-led seminar series, they have the unique opportunity to interact with CSPD faculty and senior researchers in small, informal setting, where various projects  at the CSPD are discussed, as well as other issues of interest to students, such as career choices in science and medicine. The Forum meets during the year as well as in the summer months, and discussion topics include:

  • Clinical overview of Parkinson's disease
  • Overview of the CSPD research
  • Genes, environment, and their interaction in PD: Epidemiological studies
  • Animal models in PD
  • Cellular models in PD
  • Zebrafish model in PD
  • Drosophila models in PD
  • Neurotransmitter dysfunction in PD
  • Immunity and PD
  • Oxidative Stress and PD

Undergraduate students are encouraged to develop independent research projects and have many opportunities to present their work at scientific symposia and meetings within and outside UCLA.

For information regarding opportunities for undergraduate training in one of the CSPD laboratories,  you may contact the faculty directly, or contact CSPD Scientific coordinator, Kathy Shenassa Kathy.shenassa@ucla.edu, for further information.