Samaranch_LluisAssistant Professor
College of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
College of Medicine
Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Samaranch joined The Ohio State University College of Medicine as an assistant professor in 2019. Previously, he served as a supervising scientist and professional assistant researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Navarra in Spain, and is a neuroscientist specializing in diagnosing and treating patients with neurological disorders.

His current research focuses on the development of therapeutic platforms based on direct brain deliver and CSF delivery of adeno-associated viral vectors for rare and ultra-rare pediatric diseases. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Society for Neuroscience and an associated member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.

Research Interests

  • Gene therapy
  • Adeno-associated virus
  • Stereotactic surgery
  • Convection enhanced delivery
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Brain delivery devices
  • Niemann-Pick disease
  • Lysosomal storage disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease


PhD: Biochemistry, University of Navarra, Spain
BS: Biochemistry: University of Navarra, Spain
BS: Biomedical Sciences: University of Navarra, Spain

Honors, Awards and Certifications

  • Living Like a Warrior Award to Bankiewicz Laboratory, Wylder Nation Foundation, 2017
  • Travel Award, ASGCT 16th Annual Meeting, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2013
  • Certification for the Assistant Professorship Level, Genetics, The National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA), 2013
  • Recipient, Edward H. Schuchman Research Fellowship, National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, 2012-2014
  • Recipient, Torres Quevedo Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, co-funded by the European Social Fund, 2007-2009
  • Recipient, Applied Medical Research Foundation Fellowship, University of Navarra, 2004-2006
  • Best Oral Communication Award in Dementia, Spanish Society of Neurology, 2003
  • Recipient, Health Research Fund Program, Spanish Ministry of Health, 2002-2004

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society for Neuroscience
  • Associated Member, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

Editorial Activities

  • Ad hoc referee, PLOSOne
  • Ad hoc referee, Molecular Biology Reports
  • Ad hoc referee, Molecular Therapy
  • Ad hoc referee, Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids
  • Ad hoc referee, Movement Disorders