Dr. Portera-Cailliau was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from U.C. San Diego in 1990. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and obtained an MD-PhD degree in 1997. His mentors were Drs. Donald Price and Lee Martin.
After completing a residency in Neurology at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, where he was Chief Resident in 2001, Dr. Portera-Cailliau moved to Columbia University for a movement disorders fellowship under Dr. Stanley Fahn. He also completed post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
He joined the UCLA faculty in 2005, where he leads an NIH-funded laboratory that investigates the circuit basis of autism and neurodegenerative disorders. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. He attends the movement disorders clinic on Fridays.
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1986: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, UC San Diego
2000-2001: Chief Resident in Neurology, Partners Health Care System
2001: Resident Teaching Award (Neurology), Harvard Medical School
2001: Menek Goldstein Award - National Parkinson Foundation
2005: Dana Foundation Award – Brain and Immuno-imaging
200: March of Dimes Award
2010: Stein-Oppenheimer Endowment Award
2011: Elected Fellow of the American Neurological Association
2013: SFARI Dynamics of Neural Circuits Award (Simons Foundation)
2013: Steven C. Gordon Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research, DGSOM, UCLA
2015: Golden Test Tube Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Classroom or Laboratory, UCLA
2015: John Merck Fund Translational Research Program Award
2020: Undergraduate Research Week Faculty Mentor Award, UCLA