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Laura Parkkinen, PhD

Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at University of Oxford

Location: Oxford United Kingdom

Laura Parkkinen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, where she leads research focused on understanding molecular and protein-based neuropathology of Parkinson’s disease (PD). She is particularly interested in elucidating genetic and biochemical signatures in human brain and biosamples to further our understanding of disease pathogenesis but also to assist developing biologically-targeted biomarkers for PD. Her scientific expertise includes next-generation neuropathology (i.e., digital pathology and deep/machine learning algorithms), single-nuclei and spatial transcriptomics and proteomics. She has worked in four different brain banks (Finland, Barcelona, UCL, Oxford) over the last 20 years giving her solid understanding on many practical issues varying from donation to methodology and diagnostics. She is a member of Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (; grant advisory boards for Parkinson’s UK, British Neuropathological Society and Weston Brain Institute and Assessment Panels for Parkinson’s UK and Oxford Brain Banks. Further details

Associated Grants

  • Revisiting Alpha-synuclein Pathology Staging and Detection Using an Expanded Antibodies Toolset


  • Development of Diagnostic Biomarker Tests for Parkinson’s Disease


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