Annie Hiniker, MD, PhD, is a clinical instructor of neuropathology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a clinical and research focus in neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson’s disease (PD). She completed her MD/PhD at the University of Michigan, where she received the prestigious Rackham distinguished dissertation award for her work with Dr. Jim Bardwell on disulfide isomerization and protein folding. In 2013, Dr. Hiniker completed residency/fellowship in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at UCSF.
Her goal is to combine her skills in human neurodegenerative neuropathology and basic molecular biology to understand the mechanisms of cellular stress and neuronal death in PD. In 2013, the American Association of Neuropathology awarded her a Richard C. Davis travel award for her research. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the U.S. Department of Defense.