William T. Dauer MD

University of Michigan

Dr. Dauer is the Elinor Levine Professor of Neurology and Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine where he directs the Movement Disorders Group and the Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Following undergraduate education at Duke University, he received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis. He then spent two years in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Hyman at The MGH working on the molecular switch that converts the neurotransmitter phenotype of neural crest derivatives. After a year of medical internship at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, he moved to New York to complete a neurology residency at Columbia University, followed by fellowship training in movement disorders with Dr. Stanley Fahn. He then pursued work in the laboratory of Dr. Rene Hén as a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow, developing some of the first mouse models of Parkinson disease and dystonia. He joined the faculty at Columbia, and later moved to the University of
Michigan where he currently directs a laboratory focused on dissecting the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of motor circuit disorders with a focus on unraveling the mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability.