Rina Patel

PhD, associated member



Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE)


Imagine we’re in an elevator and you have until we reach our floor to pitch your project/idea.

What’s your elevator pitch?

What fascinates you about your project?

How did you come to work in the field of Neuroscience?

I was drawn to neuroscience to help uncover the mysteries of how the brain functions, which I believe is the most important scientific frontier of today. Every aspect of our lives depends on our brains, yet we are still only starting to be able to learn the possible mechanisms that allow us to function the way we do, which is exciting to be a part of!

What does your family think you do for a living?

My partner thinks I work on discovering the effects that mitochondrial distinction has on neurodegenerative diseases. He further knows I use uniquely engineered mice with photosensitive viruses in the behavioral studies I conduct.