Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Co-director of the Neuroregeneration Institute, McLean Hospital
Dr. Penny Hallett is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and co-director of the Neuroregeneration Institute at McLean Hospital. Dr. Hallett’s research is dedicated to understanding early cellular dysfunction and neuronal degeneration in Parkinson’s disease and age-related neurodegenerative disorders, in particular focusing on lipid abnormalities and inflammatory processes as critical events in the disease process. Dr. Hallett’s work is also aimed at replacing midbrain dopamine neurons destroyed in Parkinson’s disease, using autologous transplantation of stem cell derived dopamine neurons. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK, and performed her post-doctoral studies at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. In 2006, she joined the Neuroregeneration Institute at McLean Hospital, founded by Prof. Ole Isacson. From 2007-2009, Dr. Hallett was a deputy associate editor of the European Journal of Neuroscience, and she served as an editor for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience from 2009-2017.