Marie-Francoise Chesselet, MD, PhD

    Distinguished Professor of Neurology and of Neurobiology Emerita, UCLA

    Marie-Françoise Chesselet is Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology and Emeritus Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology, in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After receiving her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Paris, France, she held research positions in France and faculty positions at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania, before joining UCLA in 1996. At UCLA, Dr. Chesselet chaired the Department of Neurobiology from 2002 to 2013 and was Interim Chair of the Department of Neurology (2015-2016). At UCLA, she created the Center for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease and directed the NINDS-funded UCLA UDALL Center for Parkinson’s disease research, the NIEHS-funded UCLA Center for Gene Environment in Parkinson’s Disease, and the UCLA Advanced Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Dr. Chesselet has directed graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA and the NINDS-funded Training Program in Neural Repair from 1998 to 2014. Until her retirement in 2016, her laboratory conducted research on the molecular mechanisms of disorders of the basal ganglia and new treatments for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Her work has been extensively supported by the NIH, the Department of Defense, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Cure HD Initiative, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and several biopharmaceutical companies. Dr. Chesselet is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, retiring chair and incoming secretary of its section on Neuroscience, a former member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council and serves on the Science Advisory Boards of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the APDA, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Chesselet consults for several biotech companies and currently chairs the Research Grant Committee of the Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation, is the Vice-President of the World Parkinson Coalition, President of the Comité d’Evaluation Scientifique CES 37 of the Agence Nationale de Recherche (French government funding agency), and a member of the Scientific Committees for the Canadian Weston Brain Institute, Canadian Vanier Fellowships, and the Italian Telethon.