Jordan Follett, PhD, is a cell biologist and research fellow in the Laboratory for Neurogenetics and Neuroscience at the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Dr. Follett received his PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia, where he explored the impact that familial mutations in a gene called VPS35 have on intracellular transport, lysosomal impairment and the clearance of alpha-synuclein.
As a research fellow, Dr. Follett uses pre-clinical models to understand the molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Currently, he studies LRRK2, a gene implicated in PD, and its activity and biological relationship with the growing list of genetic modifiers associated with the disorder. He uses a variety of models to understand the molecular events that underlie the disparate age of onset and pathology observed in PD linked to dominant mutations in LRRK2.