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Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
FACULTY - LAB DIRECTOR

Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Director
Burke Neurological Institute
Associate Dean (affiliate)
Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medicine
Professor of Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medicine

Biography

Rajiv (“Raj”) Ratan received his B.A. in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1981 and received the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship in Medicine. He completed an M.D. and Ph.D. at the New York University School of Medicine where he graduated as a member of AOA in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Michael Shelanski (Chair of Pathology at Columbia University) and Dr. Frederick Maxfield (Chair of Biochemistry at Cornell) where he focused on novel methods to monitor calcium gradients in living cells.

He completed an Internship in Medicine at the University of Chicago and was a Neurology resident and then Chief Resident in Neurology at Johns Hopkins (1991-1992). He was awarded the Jay Slotkin Award for excellence in research while a resident; and subsequently received the Passano Foundation Clinician Scientist Award while completing a fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and a post-doc in the Department of Neuroscience at Hopkins. In 1994, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Neurology and Rehab Medicine at Hopkins and he started his own lab with the help of his post-doc mentor, Jay Baraban.

In 1996, he was recruited to set up the Neuroprotection Laboratory in the Department of Neurology and Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School (Harvard Institutes of Medicine and Beth Israel Hospital). He became an Associate Professor at Harvard in 1999.

In 2002, Dr. Ratan moved to Burke to Direct the Research Institute. He was formally appointed the Winifred Masterson Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College in 2004 and named an Associate Dean for the medical college in 2011. 

Education

Degree: 
Ph.D.
Institution: 
Columbia University, New York City, New York
Degree: 
M.D. and Ph.D.
Institution: 
New York University School of Medicine
Year Completed: 
1988
Degree: 
B.A., Neuroscience, Magna Cum Laude
Institution: 
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Year Completed: 
1981

Recent Publications

PUBLICATION: 
Opinion Article
Yoshida Y, Ratan RR.
Curr Opin Neurol. 2019 Oct 10. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000757. [Epub ahead of print]
Full-Text on Wolters Kluwer
PUBLICATION: 
Journal Article
Joshua Silverstein, Mar Cortes, Katherine Z. Tsagaris, Alejandra Climent, Linda M. Gerber, Clara Oromendia, Pasquale Fonzetti, Rajiv R. Ratan, Tomoko Kitago, Marco Iacoboni, Allan Wu, Bruce H. Dobkin and Dylan J. Edwards
Frontiers in Neuroscience, section Neural Technology. 15 Jul 2019. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00792
Abstract on Frontiers
PUBLICATION: 
Journal Article
Ishraq Alim, Joseph T. Caulfield, Yingxin Chen, Vivek Swarup, Daniel H. Geschwind, Elena Ivanova, Javier Seravalli, Youxi Ai, Lauren H. Sansing, Emma J. Ste.Marie, Robert J. Hondal, Sushmita Mukherjee, John W. Cave, Botir T. Sagdullaev, Saravanan S. Karuppagounder, Rajiv R. Ratan
Cell. 2019 Apr 26. pii: S0092-8674(19)30327-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.032. [Epub ahead of print]
Abstract on CellPress