Emily Rocha, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rocha is interested in understanding how cellular and molecular deficits in endolysosomal function lead to idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Rocha received her PhD from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 2011. She received a Canadian Institute of health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellowship to study the role of GBA in alpha-synuclein accumulation under the mentorship of Dr. Ole Isacson at Harvard Medical School. In 2014, she moved to the University of Pittsburgh to study lysosmal dysfunction and protein aggregation in models of Parkinson’s disease with Dr. Timothy Greenamyre. In 2016, Dr. Rocha was awarded a Parkinson’s Foundation postdoctoral fellowship focusing on autophagic flux and protein accumluation. In 2017, she was appointed to research assistant professor, where she is dedicated to finding new therapeutic targets for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.