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Penny Hallett, PhD

Penny Hallett, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:

Director, Neuroregeneration Research Institute

Harvard Medical School Title:

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Penny Hallett, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neuroregeneration Research Institute. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, before completing post-doctoral studies at Massachusetts General Hospital, moving in 2006 to McLean Hospital to join the Neuroregeneration Research Institute, founded by Dr. Ole Isacson.

Dr. Hallett’s research interests focus on understanding early neuronal dysfunction and degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on Parkinson’s disease, and testing therapeutic interventions using regenerative and neuroprotective strategies. Her research aims to understand neurodegenerative diseases not only as central nervous system disorders, but also as systemic diseases involving the periphery, and also tests how aging processes can modulate cellular function and vulnerability. Since 2009, Dr. Hallett has been an editor for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience.

  • 1998 BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • 1999 MSc in Neuroscience, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • 2004 PhD, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2002-2006 Research Fellowship in Neurology, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Office Address:

Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 103