Birgitt Schuele, MD
The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center
Birgitt is an Associate Professor and Director of the Gene Discovery and Stem Cell Modeling Program at The Parkinson’s Institute. She studied medicine at the Georg-August University in Göttingen and the Medical University in Lübeck, Germany. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University before joining The Parkinson’s Institute in late 2005.
She heads a gene discovery program for Parkinson’s disease and has built a stem cell program developing novel “disease-in-a-dish” iPS models of Parkinson’s disease for studying disease mechanisms and the effects of environmental toxicants, and for developing new strategies of innovative drug discovery. Over the last two years, Her lab has been working with scientists at Life Technologies to optimize and improve current iPS models.