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Abby L. Olsen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, PA United States

Dr. Abby Olsen, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a graduate of Carleton College and completed her MD-PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency and fellowship training at Mass General Brigham. Dr. Olsen is the recipient of an NINDS K08 award, a Department of Defense Parkinson’s Disease Early Investigator Award and the George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship from the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Her research uses a combination of fruit fly and human genetics to identify novel genes in nonneuronal glial cells that contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other alpha-synucleinopathies, with the long-term goal of developing glial-based therapeutics for these disorders. She also studies gene-environment interactions that contribute to alpha-synucleinopathies. In the clinic, she enjoys caring for people with PD and the Parkinson-plus syndromes. 

Associated Grants

  • (SUPPLEMENT) Cataloguing Proteomic Differences in LRRK2-Associated Parkinsonism With and Without Evidence of Pathologic Neuronal Alpha-synuclein


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