Mirja Thomsen Receives Stipend for NIH Research Visit

Our PhD student, Mirja Thomsen, has been awarded a Visiting Scientist Program Sponsorship from the Global Parkinson's Genetics Program (GP2). This sponsorship will support her three-month research visit at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, USA.

During her time at NIA, Mirja will join the long-read sequencing team at the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD). She will work under the supervision of Dr. Cornelis Blauwendraat and Dr. Kimberley Billingsley. Her research will focus on utilizing long-read Nanopore sequencing to identify novel genetic variants associated with Parkinson's disease. She will analyze samples from the Monogenic Network of GP2, particularly those from underrepresented populations.

We extend our best wishes to Mirja for a successful research stay and look forward to sharing her findings with the scientific community.