Katerina Markopoulou MD, PhD is the Director of the Neurodegenerative Disorders Program in the Department of Neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem. In addition, she is leading the DBS program and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She attended Medical School at the University of Athens, Greece and obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology at Yale University. She held faculty positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska and at the University of Thessaly in Larisa, Greece. Since the mid 1990s she has been studying the genetics of Parkinson’s disease and characterized one of the large multigenerational kindreds with the A53T alpha-synuclein mutation. Since she joined the department of Neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem she has been studying clinical outcomes in Parkinson’s disease and their relationship to genetic factors as well as continuing her studies in familial parkinsonism in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.