Marie-Francoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.
Reed Neurological Research Center
Titles and Honors
- Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology
- Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology
- Director of the Integrative Center for Neural Repair (includes the Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease at UCLA)
Marie-Françoise Chesselet is the Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology and distinguished Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology at UCLA. After receiving the 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 is currently the Director of the Integrative Center for Neural Repair, which includes the Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease at UCLA that she created in 1998.
Dr. Chesselet has directed the NINDS-funded UCLA UDALL Center for Parkinson's disease research from 1998 to 2013, the NIEHS-funded UCLA Center for Gene Environment in Parkinson's Disease from 2002 to 2014, and the UCLA Advanced Center for Parkinson's Disease Research of the American Parkinson Disease Association since 1998. She has directed graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA and has directed the NINDS-funded Training Program in Neural Repair from 1998 to 2014. Dr. Chesselet’s laboratory conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of disorders of the basal ganglia and new treatments for Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and numerous invited reviews and book chapters, has edited several books, and is serving on the scientific advisory boards of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Her work has been extensively supported by the NIH, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Cure HD Initiative, and several biopharmaceutical companies. She currently holds grants from the Department of Defense, CIRM, and Tsumura Inc. Dr. Chesselet is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently chair of its section on Neuroscience. She just completed a four-year term on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.