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Suzanne R. Pfeffer, PhD

Emma Merner Pfeiffer Professor of Medical Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine

Location: Stanford, CA United States

Suzanne Pfeffer, PhD, is a professor of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is an expert in the molecular basis of membrane traffic and the roles of Rab GTPases as master regulators of membrane traffic events. Her lab is committed to applying its knowledge to the understanding of the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease and is working to determine the molecular and cellular consequences of Rab GTPase phosphorylation by pathogenic LRRK2 kinase.

Dr. Pfeffer earned the A.B. in biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); she completed postdoctoral training at UCSF and Stanford. She is a past president of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a Lifetime Fellow of ASCB and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Associated Grants

  • Mapping the LRRK2 Signaling Pathway and Its Interplay with Other Parkinson’s Disease Components


  • Analysis of the LRRK2-Rab Signaling Pathway


  • Consequences of LRRK2 Rab Phosphorylation in Neurons and Astrocytes


  • Rab Detection Initiative


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