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Leadership & Boards

Board of Directors

Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair
Sapan S. Shah, M.D., J.D.
Anthony B. Gioffre III, Esq.
Marcus D. Baker
William V. Cuddy, Jr.
Talal A. Debs
Wilfred A. Finnegan
Donald E. Foley
Susan Goldstein
Fred Maxfield, Ph.D.
Christopher J. McCarthy, CPA
Mary Ann Morris
Barbara A. Ruskin, Ph.D., J.D.
Margaret Keller Sperling

Scientific Advisory Board

Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D. Ph.D.
Andrew Auerbach, M.D., M.P.H.
M. Flint Beal, M.D.
Valina L. Dawson, Ph.D.
Zhigang He, Ph.D.
Christopher Henderson, Ph.D.
Gary A. Koretzky, M.D., Ph.D.
John W. Krakauer, M.D.
Allan Levey, M.D. Ph.D.
David S.K. Magnuson, Ph.D.
Fred Maxfield, Ph.D.
Richard J. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael V. Sofroniew, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael L. Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D.
Timothy Vartanian, M.D., Ph.D.
Harel Weinstein, D.Sc.


Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Associate Dean, Professor
Botir Sagdullaev, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Lab Director
Visual Plasticity and Repair Laboratory
Associate Professor
Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Lab Director
Laboratory for Axonal and RNA Biology
Assistant Professor
Christine E. Hughes
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Darlene White
Executive Assistant to Rajiv R. Ratan, MD, PhD


Liz Magier, M.P.A.
Compliance and Grants Manager
Tammy Guzman
Director, Grant Accounting & Financial Reporting Fiscal Officer
William (Liam) Duggan
Administrative Head, Research Facilities
Marlee Dickinson
Human Resources Specialist
Katrina Wnorowski
Human Resources Specialist
Sullybeth (Sully) Rivera
Human Resource Coordinator
Pat Kinsey
Institutional Advancement Director of Data and Analytics
Nicole David
Web Content Manager
Nichie Austin
Social Media/Public Relations Assistant


Research scientists at Burke work tirelessly and are intensively driven to find novel discovers for tomorrow’s strategies, treatments and cures to help improve the quality of life and well-being of those affected by a disabling disease or injury.