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Saranna Fanning, PhD

Instructor in Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School

Location: Boston, MA United States

Saranna Fanning is an instructor in neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree from the National University of Ireland, Cork and performed her doctoral research work at Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon and the National University of Ireland, Cork. Dr. Fanning continued her postdoctoral training in Dr. Susan Lindquist’s lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she developed an expertise in studying toxic yeast protein models and the cellular mechanisms of protein stability with a focus on lipid metabolism in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Her research is focused on understanding the importance of lipid equilibrium in PD and the identification of therapeutic targets in lipid pathways using genetic and biochemical approaches in yeast, mammalian models and cells derived from people with PD.

Associated Grants

  • Targeting Brain-specific Stearoyl-CoA-Desaturase 5 (SCD5) as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease


  • Studying the Impact of Alpha-synuclein on Fatty Substances to Identify New Parkinson's Disease Drug Targets


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