Beth-Anne Seiber (USA) Basic Science Committee


Dr. Beth-Anne Sieber joined the NINDS in 2007 as a Program Director in the Neurodegeneration Program Cluster. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Neurobiology from a joint program between Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her graduate studies focused on animal and cell culture models of dopamine neuron development and degeneration, with emphasis on utilizing neuropharmacological and neurochemical approaches to determine the roles of neuronal-glial interactions and neurotrophic factors in these processes. She then pursued postdoctoral research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where she expanded her interest in dopamine neurobiology by utilizing molecular approaches to elucidate the role of neurotrophic factors and receptor tyrosine kinases in cellular and behavioral function in mouse models. Prior to joining the NINDS, Dr. Sieber spent nearly eight years as a Program Director at the NIMH, where she managed a grant portfolio in developmental neurobiology and co-chaired related efforts for the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint. Her current duties at the NINDS include stewardship of the NINDS Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, as well as management of a research grant portfolio on Parkinson’s disease (PD), including neurobiological approaches to understand neuronal loss and alterations in neural circuit function, molecular neuroscience of PD risk genes, neuroinflammation, and non-motor aspects of PD. Additional portfolio areas include PD-related synucleinopathies (multiple system atrophy, Lewy Body dementias) and conditions including essential tremor and dystonia. Dr. Sieber serves as Chair of the NINDS Parkinson's Disease Working Group, which coordinates and facilitates research programs and other activities related to Parkinson’s disease within the NINDS.


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