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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
Talal A. Debs, Ph.D.
Wilfred A. Finnegan
Donald E. Foley
Susan Goldstein
Frederick R. Maxfield, Ph.D.
Christopher J. McCarthy, CPA
Mary Ann Morris
Barbara A. Ruskin, Ph.D., J.D.
Margaret K. Sperling
Mary Kate Wold, J.D.

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.
Matthew E. Fink, M.D.
Christopher E. 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.
Frederick R. Maxfield, Ph.D.
Richard J. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
Lauren Sansing, M.D., MS, FAHA
Michael L. Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael V. Sofroniew, M.D., D. Phil.
Timothy Vartanian, M.D., Ph.D.
Harel Weinstein, D.Sc.


Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Burke Professor, Associate Dean (affiliate)
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
Co-Director of Research
Christine E. Hughes
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
John Leahy
Director of Finance
Darlene White
Executive Assistant to Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.

Researchers & Staff

Research scientists and staff at Burke Neurological Institute 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.