ANA WESTENBERGER

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Position/Title: Research Group Leader (Institute of Neurogenetics), PD, PhD

Address University of Lübeck; Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 Lübeck, Germany

Tel: +49-451-31018208; Fax: +49-451-31018204

@:ana.westenberger@neuro.uni-luebeck.de; www.neurogenetics-luebeck.de

EDUCATION/POSITIONS

1996-2001 Undergraduate studies of Molecular Biology and Physiology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2001 Diploma Thesis (Center for Human Molecular Genetics, Belgrade, Serbia)

2002-2003 Master of Science Thesis (Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

2004-2006 Doctoral Thesis (Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

2006-2009 Postdoctoral fellow (Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics, Department of Neurology, University of Lübeck, Germany)

2009-2010 Postdoctoral fellow (Henry L. Paulson Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, USA)

2011-present Research group leader (Institute of Neurogenetics, University of Lübeck, Germany)

2016 Habilitation (Neurogenetics)

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

2008-present Ad Hoc Reviewer (Journals):

Annals of Neurology

European Journal of Human Genetics

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders Clinical Practice

Neuroscience Letters

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Neurobiology of Aging

Neurology

Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

Scientific Reports

2014-present Ad Hoc Reviewer (Grant Agencies):

Parkinson’s UK (London, UK)

AWARDS

2004-2005 Graduate fellowship from the Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz-Stiftung

2005-2006 International Research Fellowship from the DFG

2003-2005 Stiftung Felgenhauer from the German Neurological Society (DGN)

2009 DAVID MARSDEN AWARD 2009 from the Dystonia Europe Foundation

2010 International Research Fellowship from the DFG

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

From 82 original publications; total citations: 3,869; h-index: 34

  1. Seibler P, Djarmati A (equally contributing first author), Langpap B, Hagenah J, Schmidt A, Brüggemann N, Siebner H, Jabusch H-C, Altenmüller E, Münchau A, Lohmann K, Klein C. Heteroyzgous nonsense mutation in the PRKRA (DYT16) gene associated with generalized dystonia. Lancet Neurol 2008;7:380-381. [IF: 14.3]
  2. Djarmati A, Schneider SA, Lohmann K, Winkler S, Pawlack H, Hagenah J, Brüggemann N, Zittel S, Fuchs T, Raković A, Schmidt A, Jabusch HC, Wilcox R, Kostić VS, Siebner H, Altenmüller E, Münchau A, Ozelius LJ, Klein C. Mutations in THAP1 (DYT6) and generalised dystonia with prominent spasmodic dysphonia: a genetic screening study. Lancet Neurol 2009;8:447-452. [IF: 18.1]
  3. Scaglione KM, Zavodszky E, Todi SV, Patury S, Xu P, Rodríguez-Lebrón E, Fischer S, Konen J, Djarmati A, Peng J, Gestwicki JE, Paulson HL. Ube2w and Ataxin-3 Coordinately Regulate the Ubiquitin Ligase CHIP. Mol Cell 2011;43:599-612. [IF: 14.2]
  4. Westenberger A, Rosales RL, Heinitz S, Freimann K, Lee LV, Jamora RD, Ng AR, Domingo A, Lohmann K, Walter W, Gölnitz U, Rolfs A, Nagel I, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Siebert R, Dressler D, and Klein C. Genetic cause of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism (DYT3) in a female patient. Mov Disord 2013;28:675-8. [IF: 5.6]
  5. Keller A, Westenberger A (equally contributing first author), García-Murias M, Domingo A, Sears R, Lemos RR, Ordoñez-Ugalde A, Nicolas G, Gomes da Cunha JE, Rushing EJ, Hugelshofer M, Wurnig MC, Kaech A, Reimann R, Lohmann K, Dobričić V, Carracedo A, Petrović I, Miyasaki JM, Abakumova I, Mäe M, Raschperger E, Zatz M, Zschiedrich K, Klepper J, Spiteri E, Prieto JM, Navas I, Preuss M, Dering C, Janković M, Paucar M, Svenningsson M, Saliminejad K, Khorshid HRK, Novaković I, Aguzzi A, Boss A, Le Ber I, Defer G, Hannequin D, Kostić VS, Campion D, Geschwind D, Coppola G, Betsholtz C, Klein C, Oliveira JRM. PDGFB mutations cause brain calcifications in humans and mice. Nat Genet 2013;45:1077-1082. [IF: 29.6]
  6. Domingo A, Lee LV, Brüggemann N, Freimann K, Kaiser FJ, Jamora RDG, Rosales RL, Klein C, Westenberger A. Case report of a female with X-linked recessive dystonia-parkinsonism: A clue to the epidemiology of parkinsonism in Filipino women? JAMA Neurol 2014;71:1177-1180. [IF: 7.3 ]
  7. Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Saffari A, Westenberger A, Klein C. The evolving spectrum of PRRT2-associated paroxysmal diseases. Brain 2015;s138:3476-3495. [IF: 9.2]
  8. Domingo A, Amar D, Grütz K, Lee LV, Rosales R, Brüggemann N, Jamora RD, Cutiongco dela-Paz E, Rolfs A, Dressler D, Walter U, Krainc D, Lohmann K, Shamir R, Klein C, Westenberger A. Evidence of TAF1 dysfunction in peripheral models of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism. Cell Mol Life Sci 2016;73:3205-3215. [IF: 5.8]
  9. Grütz K, Volpato CB, Domingo A, Alvarez-Fischer D, Gebert U, Schifferle G, Buffone E, Wszolek ZK, Rademakers R, Ferbert A, Hicks AA, Klein C, Pramstaller PP, Westenberger A. Primary familial brain calcification in the ‘IBGC2’ kindred: All linkage roads lead to SLC20A2. Mov Disord 2016;31:1901-1904.
    [IF: 7.1]
  10. Westenberger A, Reyes CJ, Saranza G, Dobricic V, Hanssen H, Domingo A, Laabs BH, Schaake S, Pozojevic J, Rakovic A, Grütz K, Begemann K, Walter U, Dressler D, Bauer P, Rolfs A, Münchau A, Kaiser FJ, Ozelius LJ, Jamora RD, Rosales RL, Diesta CCE, Lohmann K, König IR, Brüggemann N, Klein C. A hexanucleotide repeat modifies expressivity of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism. Ann Neurol 2019;85:812-822. [IF: 9.5]