Dr. Cukier is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine as well as the Associate Director for the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. She is currently studying the genetics underlying Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders and utilizing iPSCs to study disease pathogenesis. Dr. Cukier is an alumnus of the University of Miami, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Cukier received her doctoral degree in 2007 from Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics under the tutelage of Drs. Huda Zoghbi and Juan Botas. For her thesis, she generated a novel fruit fly model of Rett syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum, and was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Cukier returned to the University of Miami for her postdoctoral training with Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance. She has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation as well as a New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer’s Association. Outside of research, she has interests in photography, art, and literature.
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