Matthew Farrer


Research Classification

Neurological Diseases
Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
Neuronal Modeling
Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission

Research Interests

Parkinson's disease

Relevant Degree Programs


Research Methodology

Confocal Imaging
Genome sequencing
Neuronal culture
Mouse models


Postdoctoral Fellows
Any time / year round

Research projects are devoted to 'precision' medicine, namely the development of novel therapeutics based on the genetic etiology of brain disorders. Over the past 20 years my group has identified many of the molecular causes of Parkinson's disease, some genetic forms of dementia and epilepsy, and has exploited that knowledge to make physiologic models with which to characterize subtle changes in brain function. Based on this innovation, and working in close collaboration with the Pharmaceutical industry, several drugs are now in clinical trials that have been designed to halt and/or prevent these diseases.

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in hiring Co-op students for research placements.

Graduate Student Supervision



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