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Whitney Parker, M.D., Ph.D.

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Whitney Parker, M.D., Ph.D.

Whitney Parker received her B.A., M.D., and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her doctoral work under an individual F31 NRSA grant in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Crino, investigating brain development by studying a rare form of epilepsy seen in the Mennonite community known as Pretzel Syndrome.

Due to a mutation in the STRADA gene, children with Pretzel Syndrome suffer severe developmental delay and intractable seizures. In her Ph.D. work, Dr. Parker discovered that the protein encoded by STRADA plays a critical role in neuronal migration during brain development; based on this finding she and colleagues demonstrated the first effective therapy for Pretzel Syndrome patients.

In her spare time, Dr. Parker enjoys adventure travel and reading classic fiction.

In the news:

Dr. Parker Named Winner of 2019 Kenneth Shulman Award
Dr. Parker and Dr. Rapoport Share 2019 Apuzzo Award
Dr. Whitney Parker Wins 2018 Gaposchkin Research Prize
Dr. Parker Awarded NREF Fellowship for 2018-19
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