The Science Advisory Board for the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation is comprised of top Scientists around the country who are able to offer their expertise in advising the PHRF Board of Directors.  Duties include reviewing grant proposals and budgets and offering expert opinions about the direction of the Foundation in research into Pitt Hopkins syndrome.  

Head Science Advisor

Dr. Rebecca D. Burdine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Science Advisory Board

  • Dr. Marcelo Wood, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Associate Professor; Director, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program; Department of Neurobiology and Behavior; Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Dr. Craig M. Powell, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor; Ed and Sue Rose Distinguished Professorship in Neurology; Departments of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics, Psychiatry; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dr. David J. Segal, Ph.D., Associate Director, University of California Davis Genome Center; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, MIND Institute, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Dr. Stanley Nelson, M.D., Professor in Residence, Human Genetics; Director, DNA Microarray Technology; Co-Director, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; University of California Los Angeles
  • Dr. Eric Klann, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Neural Science, New York University
  • Dr. Joel Gottesfeld, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, Scripps Research Institute, Associate Editor, Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • Dr. Mary Jacena Leigh, M.D., Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, University of California Davis, MIND Institute
  • Dr. Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Provost Professor, University of Southern California, Dept. Pediatrics; WM Keck Chair in Neurogenetics, Keck School of Medicine; Director-Program in Developmental Neurogenetics; Institute for the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Director-Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Dr. Joachim Herz, M.D., Professor, Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks Family Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research; Departments of Molecular Genetics, Neurology & Neurotherapeutics, Neuroscience; Graduate Program in Integrative Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dr. Michael Super,, PhD., Senior Staff Scientist, Advanced Technology Team, Wyss Institute at Harvard, Center for Life Science
  • Dr. Shafali Jeste, M.D., Principal Investigator/Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neurology, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
  • Dr. Michael Tranfaglia, M.D., Medical Director, Chief Scientific Officer, FRAXA Research Foundation
  • Dr. David Sweatt, Ph.D, Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair; Director, McKnight Brain Institute; Director, Civitan International Research Center, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Dr. Sean Ekins, Ph.D, DSc, CSO, Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation, Adjunct Professor, Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Adjunct Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey (Now Rutgers University); Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Aaron C. Gerlach, Ph.D, Director, Icagen, Inc.