Suzanne R. Pfeffer, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine
Location: Stanford, California, United States
Suzanne Pfeffer, PhD, is a professor of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She 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 discovered the roles of many proteins, including Rab GTPases that facilitate this process. Her lab is committed to applying their knowledge of membrane traffic to the understanding of the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease and is working to determine the cellular consequences of Rab GTPase phosphorylation by pathogenic LRRK2 kinase and links between VPS35 and LRRK2 proteins. She is a past president of both the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Pfeffer earned her bachelorís degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed postdoctoral training at UCSF and Stanford, before joining the Stanford faculty.