Christiane Reitz, MD, PhD

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Dr. Reitz is a medical doctor and genetic epidemiologist. Her research focuses on the identification of genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and structural and functional brain changes.

She has been involved in a number of gene mapping and genetic epidemiology projects as well as non-genetic population-based studies that explore Alzheimer's disease, vascular cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular disease and other aging traits.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain)


  • German


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • 2001 University of Muenster, Germany
  • PhD, 2006 Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Committees, Societies, Councils

Fellow, American Society of Human Genetics

Fellow, American Neurological Association

Honors & Awards

AFAR Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar in Aging Research Award

Columbia Psychiatric-Neurological Epidemiology Early Career Award

Lise-Meitner-Award to a Young Scientist for Excellence by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany


Global Health Activities

Whole-genome sequencing of unexplained early-onset Alzheimer's disease: This project aims to identify genetic variants increasing susceptibility to early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Whole-genome sequencing of multiplex African American families with late-onset Alzheimer's disease: This project aims to identify genetic loci associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease in African Americans.