Matt Farrer, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology (Molecular Neuroscience)
Lauren and Lee Fixel Chair in Parkinson’s Disease
Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Farrer earned first degree in Biochemistry with a Doctoral degree in Molecular & Statistical Genetics from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, UK. He completed a Fellowship in Medical Genetics at the Kennedy-Galton Centre, UK, and in Neurogenetics at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Farrer became an Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuroscience in 2000 where he opened his first laboratory to predict and prevent Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Farrer became a tenured Professor in 2006, a Mayo Consultant and subsequently a Distinguished Mayo Investigator. In 2010 Dr. Farrer was awarded a Canada Excellence Research Chair to build the Centre for Applied Neurogenetics & Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He became a Professor of Medical Genetics. The Province of British Columbia subsequently awarded him the Don Rix Chair in Precision Medicine and his team had many notable accomplishments, including several new genes and mouse models for Parkinson’s disease. The team also implemented high-throughput sequencing in pediatric seizure disorders and neonatology in clinical service. The former was funded through the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia, and was a first for Canada. In 2019, Dr. Farrer accepted an endowed chair at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases (thanks to a generous endowment from the Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation) and returned to Florida. Dr. Matt Farrer also directs the Clinical Genomics Program for UF Health and consequently also maintains appointments in Neurology and Pathology Departments, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, and the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute where he currently has his research labs.


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