Dr. Michel Desjardins received his PhD in cell biology (Department of Anatomy) from the University of Montreal (UdeM) in 1991. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, he started his group at the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at UdeM in 1994. Dr. Desjardins spends his career at the frontier between cell biology and immunology studying how phagocytosis and autophagy are involved in antigen presentation. His work led to the finding that the Parkinson’s disease-related proteins PINK1 and parkin actively repress mitochondrial antigen presentation (MitAP), highlighting the contribution of autoimmune mechanisms to the disease. His laboratory focuses on how the immune system and a wide variety of proteins related to PD are involved in the pathophysiological processes leading to the disease.