Contributor Spotlights

The AMP PD Knowledge Platform was built through a collaboration between a large number of exceptional scientists with diverse expertise.  The AMP PD team wishes to recognize and introduce you to some of its members who have been played key roles in building this unique resource.   

HIROTAKA IWAWKI

M.D. Researcher
Intramural Research Program Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Laboratory of Neurogenetics, NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA)/Data Tecnica International

Hirotaka Iwaki is a neurologist and researcher with NIH CARD, NIA Laboratory of Neurogenetics, and Data Tecnica International. Hirotaka combines a deep understanding of the genetics of neurodegenerative disorders with an amazing hands-on facility with data analysis of which many of us are in awe. A major reason AMP PD can claim to have high quality genomics data is because of Hirotaka's expert advice and the meticulous analyses he performed to ensure that only the highest quality sequencing data was included in the database. It was no surprise to anyone when Hirotaka was elected to co-chair AMP PD's Data Analysis Working group. We consider it a privilege to count him as a member of the AMP PD team and to introduce him here. 

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MARY MAKARIOUS

B.S. Pre-doctoral IRTA
Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Mary Makarious is a graduate student interested in bioinformatic and data science approaches to making sense of the multi-omic characteristics of neurodegenerations such as Parkinson’s Disease.   Mary was introduced to the AMP PD team about 3 years ago through her work in Dr. Andy Singleton’s NIA Neurogenetics lab, and has since done an amazing job of writing helpful notebooks, trouble-shooting analyses, and generally helping users feel comfortable with the AMP PD platform.  If AMP PD has a user-friendly face, it looks just like Mary, and we are thrilled to introduce you to her here. 

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MARY MAKARIOUS