Suzanne R. Pfeffer, PhD
Chairman of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine
Location: Stanford, California, United States
Suzanne Pfeffer is an expert in the molecular basis of membrane traffic in human cells and the roles of Ras-like Rab GTPases as master regulators of membrane traffic events. Her lab was the first to reconstitute the transport of mannose 6-phosphate receptors from endosomes to the Golgi complex and have discovered the roles of many proteins that facilitate this process. We study how proteins move through and to the Golgi, and how lysosomes export cholesterol, a process that is impaired in Niemann Pick Type C disease. Her lab are committed to applying our knowledge of membrane traffic to the understanding of the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease, and are very excited to join this team to help elucidate the roles of LRRK2 and Rab7L1 proteins.