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Lalitha Madhavan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology at University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, AZ United States

Lalitha Madhavan, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of neurology at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on stem cell biology and age-related neurodegenerative disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease. She has significant expertise with a variety of stem cells and models of neurodegeneration, which she has applied to understanding Parkinson's pathogenesis and developing novel therapeutics. Her laboratory is using cutting-edge stem cell technologies to advance knowledge on the fundamental biology of aging and neurodegeneration in the context of Parkinson's. Within this framework, she has discovered a major mechanism controlling the activity of brain stem cells during aging. Her lab has also established powerful systems, involving human patient-derived fibroblasts and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), for advancing Parkinson's diagnostics and therapeutics.

After obtaining a medical degree from Baroda Medical College in India, Dr. Madhavan completed a doctorate in neuroscience at Iowa State University. Subsequently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research at the University of Cincinnati, where she focused on stem cell induced neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease models.

Associated Grants

  • Development of a Biomarker Platform for Parkinson’s Disease Using Patient-derived Cells


  • Neuromelanin in Circulating Phagocytes May Reveal Early Neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease Supplement


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