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Marie-Françoise Chesselet is the Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology, and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.
After receiving her MD and PhD degrees in Paris, she held research positions in France, and faculty positions at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania. She joined UCLA in 1996 where she chaired the Department of Neurobiology from 2002 to 2013, and is currently interim chair of the Department of Neurology.
In 1998, Dr. Chesselet created the Center for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease at UCLA, and has directed numerous other prestigious centres for research into the disease at the university.
She has also directed graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA, as well as the Training Program in Neural Repair funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke from 1998 to 2014. Her laboratory conducts 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 various US government agencies and research foundations, as well as bio pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Chesselet is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is retiring chair of its section on neuroscience. She served on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, and currently serves on various health boards.