Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar - Basic Science

Alexandra Nelson MD, PhD is the Richard and Shirley Cahill Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research at UC San Francisco. Dr Nelson received her MD/PhD training at UC San Diego, completed her residency and fellowship training at UCSF, and joined the faculty in 2014. In the lab, her research group investigates the cellular and circuit basis of movement disorders, using electrophysiology, optogenetics, and other optical methods in mouse models of disease. In the clinic, she focuses on the care of patients and families with Huntington’s Disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders, and Spinocerebellar Ataxias. 


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