Abby Olsen

Abby Olsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Research Fellow in Movement Disorders · Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellow in Neurology · Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Dr. Abby Olsen is a PS and a Clinical Research Fellow in the Movement Disorders Division. She obtained her MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her neurology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a Chief Resident. She currently divides her time between conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Mel Feany and caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

The overarching purpose of her research program is to define the contribution of glia to Parkinson’s disease and other alpha-synucleinopathies in an effort to identify novel glial therapeutic targets in these disorders. To do this she uses novel Drosophila model systems that were created by Dr. Feany, along with human iPSC models and human genetic data. Dr. Olsen also has a fruitful collaboration with Dr. Clemens Scherzer and is utilizing the Harvard Biomarkers Study to investigate gene-environment interactions in Parkinson’s disease.

She is a recent NINDS K08 recipient and looks forward to transitioning to independence as a junior faculty member in the thriving Parkinson’s disease research environment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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