Steven Finkbeiner, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Physiology at University of California, San Francisco
Associate Director & Senior Investigator at Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Director at Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Dr. Finkbeiner is currently the Associate Director and Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, the Director of the Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and a Professor of Neurology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He studies the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for learning, memory and neurodegeneration. A better understanding of these mechanisms will yield insights into the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and the memory disorders that often characterize them. A major focus of his work in the area of neurodegenerative disease has been the role of protein dyshomeostasis in Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and Frontotemporal dementia. In this context, he has developed a unique fully automated high throughput single cell analysis platform called robotic microscopy that provides very sensitive measures of phenotypes. This technology has been used to discover disease-related phenotypes in differentiated neurons from patients with neurodegenerative diseases to better understand mechanisms of disease and to find and develop therapeutic strategies.
He earned a bachelorís degree from Wheaton College in 1986, and earned both an MD and a PhD in neuroscience from Yale University in 1991. He completed an internship in internal medicine and chief residency in neurology at University of California, San Francisco, followed by a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and in 1999 he was one of the first investigators at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease.