Sara Saez Atienzar, PhD

Biography

Biography

Sara Atienzar Saez, PhD

“I am an assistant professor within the Department of Neurology, Neurogenetics Division, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. My academic journey includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree, an MS degree in Biomedicine, and a PhD in Spain. After completing my doctoral studies, I trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), initially as a postdoc and later as a research fellow. My Lab focuses on neurodegeneration using a multidisciplinary approach to fill a gap in therapeutic discovery for these diseases”.

Hometown: Albacete, Spain. 

Research Interests: neurodegeneration, human genetics, bioinformatics, iPSCs

Hobbies: Running, practicing barre, reading, and sometimes cooking

CV

Assistant Professor, 2023-current
Department of Neurology, Neurogenetics Division.
My Lab develops computational drug repositioning strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Research Fellow, 2020-2023
Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bethesda, USA
Advisor: Dr. Bryan J. Traynor.

  • Postdoctoral Training: Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bethesda, USA. Advisor: Dr. Bryan J. Traynor. 2018-2020.
  • Postdoctoral Training: Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bethesda, USA. 2015-2018.
    Advisor: Dr. Huaibin Cai.
  • PhD: Health Science, “Role of LRRK2 in Cell Routes Linked to Parkinson’s Disease”. Universidad Catolica de Valencia. Valencia, Spain. Advisors: Dr. Joaquin Jordan and Dr. Jose R. Blesa. 2012-2015.
  • MS: Biomedicine, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Albacete, Spain. 2010-2011.
  • BS: Biological Science, Universidad de Valencia. Valencia, Spain. 2005-2010. 

Ad hoc reviewer in the following journals: Brain, Neuropsychopharmacology, Movement Disorders, NPG Parkinson’s Disease, Neurobiology of Aging, Cell Death and Disease, Molecular Neurodegeneration, Neurobiology of Disease, Neurotherapeutics, Toxicology, Plos One, Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology.

  • 147th American Neurology Association (ANA) Meeting Travel Award. USA, 2022
  • Woman in Science Award, Research Recognition by the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), 2022
  • Summer Research Mentor Award (NIA, NIH), 2021
  • Summer Research Mentor Award (NIA, NIH), 2021
  • Summer Research Mentor Award (NIA, NIH), 2019
  • Nathan Shock Mentor Award (NIA, NIH), 2019
  • Summer Research Mentor Award (NIA, NIH), 2018