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Panel 2: Birgitt Schuele

Stem Cells in Development and Disease

October 31, 2012
18 minutes
Birgitt Schuele


Birgitt Schuele joined The Parkinson’s Institute in 2005. She and her team are developing a new model of “Parkinson’s disease in a petri-dish”. Her team has created patient-derived pluripotent stem cell lines from patients with Parkinson’s disease and has developed approaches to differentiate them into dopamine neurons. The goal is to utilize this new model to exploit disease mechanisms of PD, discover environmental toxins, and for innovative drug screening. Dr. Schüle earned her M.D. in 2001 from the Medical University Lübeck, Germany and received her doctoral degree (Dr. med.) in Molecular Neurophysiology from the Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany.