Derek Narendra, MD, PhD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. Narendra received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2002, Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 2012, and M.D. from the University of Michigan in 2012. During his graduate research with mentors Dr. Richard Youle and Professor Sir John Walker, he identified a novel mitophagy pathway involving the coordinated activities of Parkin and PINK1, mutations in which are the leading cause of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. He completed the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016 and a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, Dr. Narendra received the McFarland Transition to Independence Award for Neurologist-Scientists and joined the NINDS as an Assistant Clinical Investigator within the Neurogenetics Branch (NINDS). He received the Lasker Clinical Research Scholarship and became a Tenure-Track Investigator in 2020. His laboratory focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease.


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