Marie-Francoise Chesselet, MD, PhD

Chair, and Distinguished Professor Neurobiology




Brain Research Institute, CTSI, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Studies, Neuroengineering Training Program, Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Marie-Françoise Chesselet, MD, PhD, is the Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology and the Chair of the Department of Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


After receiving her MD and PhD 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. In 1997 she established the Center for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease at UCLA and directs the UCLA Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the Center for Gene Environment in Parkinson’s Disease, both supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH), as well as the UCLA Advanced Center for Parkinson Disease Research of the American Parkinson Disease Association.


She also serves on the Science Advisory Boards of several private foundations. Her work is additionally supported by the NIH, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Cure HD Initiative, the Hereditary Foundation, and biopharmaceutical companies.

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