Reta Lila Weston Institute

Dr Rina Bandopdhyay

Rina Bandopadhyay, PhD
Senior Research Fellow (Honorary Lecturer)

Rina Bandopadhyay

Dr Bandopadhyay obtained her PhD degree in 1995 from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (currently Imperial College School of Medicine) on the thesis entitled “ Functional interactions of cholecystokinin–octapeptide with other neurotransmitters in the rat brain” under the supervision of Professor Jacqueline de Belleroche. She moved to UCL for her first post-doctoral position in the Department of Molecular Endocrinology and worked on thyroid hormone and brain maturation. Since 1998 she has been working at the Reta Lila Weston Institute. Initially she worked on projects related to stroke under the directorship of Professor Michael Harrison but developed an interest in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and transferred to movement disorder research under the directorship of Professor Andrew Lees. Her current research interest is to understand the pathobiology of familial-PD gene products namely alpha-synuclein, LRRK2 and DJ-1 using molecular, biochemical and cell biology techniques. The main aim of these studies is to establish how each protein may act to produce specific neuronal damage and to identify novel cellular processes and pathways that may lead to neurodegeneration. Currently she is part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation LRRK2 consortium. Her research interests also include investigations on the pathogenesis of frontotemporal- and familial british dementias. Much of her research incorporates the use of post-mortem human brain tissue from the Queen Square Brain Bank.

Funding: Currently funded by Reta Lila Weston Trust and Michael J. Fox Foundation

Link to Publications
Tel:   +44-20-7679 4023 (Internal: 24023)
Fax:   +44-20-7278 4993
Email: rina.bandopadhyay[at]

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