Dr. Allison Ebert received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology in 1999 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She then went to Northwestern University in Chicago, IL where she received a PhD in neuroscience in 2005 specializing in neurobiology and the study of Parkinson’s disease. She completed her post-doctoral training in the Stem Cell Research Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the lab of Dr. Clive Svendsen where she studied stem cell transplantation in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.
Following her post-doc, she joined the Department of Neurology and the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at UW-Madison where she continued investigating stem cell transplantation for neurodegenerative diseases. She also helped establish and characterize an induced pluripotent stem cell model of spinal muscular atrophy. In January 2011 she moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy.
Her research interests include utilizing induced pluripotent stem cells to understand characterize the molecular processes and motor neuron cell death occurring in the pediatric neurodegenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy. She also studies the therapeutic potential of stem cell transplantation for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.