Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Dr. Sabine Hilfiker received her M.S. from the University of Basel, Switzerland in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience from the Rockefeller University, New York in 1998, where she investigated molecular mechanisms of synaptic vesicle trafficking at the presynaptic nerve terminal under the supervision of Paul Greengard, Nobel Laureate 2000 in Medicine or Physiology. Following a short postdoctoral appointment at the Rockefeller University, Dr. Hilfiker was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship to join the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK in 2000, where she continued her investigations into intracellular membrane trafficking events. Dr. Hilfiker obtained a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship at the CSIC in Spain in 2003, where she was appointed to tenured Principal Investigator in 2009. At the CSIC, she began her independent research program focused on Parkinson´s disease. She is recipient of the first Research Prize of the Spanish Federation for Parkinson´s Disease, and member of the LRRK2 Biology Consortium of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. She joined the Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University as an Associate Professor 2019. The Hilfiker laboratory primarily investigates the molecular and cellular pathways leading to Parkinson´s disease, one of the major age-related, chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorders.