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Neurology Research

The goal of the Department of Neurology is to develop programmatic areas of relevance to the developing brain and to integrate clinical and basic neuroscience. Research areas within our department include clinical departments:

  • Developmental Neurophysiology Laboratory (through the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology)
  • Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory
  • Neuromuscular Program
  • Center for Pediatric Epilepsy Research (through the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology)


Basic science research primarily takes place within the laboratories of the Division of Neuroscience and in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).

Featured researchers in the Department of Neurology hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.

Latest Research in Neurology

Irina Anselm, MD Mitochondrial Disorders and Neurometabolic Disorders
David Bellinger, PhD Neuroepidemiology  
Leslie Benson, MD  Multiple Sclerosis & NeuroImmunology
Chinfei Chen, MD, PhD Synaptic Plasticity
Basil Darras, M.D. Neuromuscular Disorders
Michael Do, PhD Regulation of Physiology and Behavior by Light
Elizabeth Engle, MD Congenital Eye Movement Disorders
Michela Fagiolini, PhD Experience-dependent Visual Plasticity, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Rett Syndrome
Mark Gorman, MD Multiple Sclerosis & NeuroImmunology
Zhigang He, PhD Axon Regeneration
Xi He, PhD Cell-cell communication, Early Nervous System Development, Wnt Family of Secreted Morphogens and Signaling, Cancer, Skeletal and Neurologic Diseases
Karameh Hawash-Kuemmerle M.D. Brain Injury
Takao Hensch, PhD Critical periods in brain development
Walter Kaufmann, MD Rett syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Down Syndrome and other Genetic Disorders associated with Intellectual Disability and Autism
Kerri LaRovere, MD Critical Care Neurology
April Levin, MD Autism
Alan Leviton, MD Epidemiology of Brain Damage in Preterm Newborns
Tobias Loddenkemper, MD Epilepsy Clinical Neurophysiology
Kiran Maski, MD Sleep Disorders
Maitreyi Mazumdar, MD Neuroepidemiology
Jeff Neil, MD  Neonatal Neurology
Heather Olson, MD  Epilepsy Genetics
Judith Owens, MD Sleep Disorders
Phillip Pearl, MD Metabolic Epilepsy
Jurriaan Peters, MD  
Anna Pinto, MD Sturge-Weber Syndrome
Annapurna Poduri, MD Epilepsy Genetics

Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

Molecular and Cellular Biology of Brain Tumors

Michael Rivkin, MD Cognitive Disorders and Brain Development
Caitlin Rollins, MD  Neurocardiology 
Paul Rosenberg, MD, PhD Physiology and pathology of glutamate transporters in the central nervous system; molecular mechanisms of brain injury; mechanisms of homeostatic sleep regulation
Alexander Rotenberg, MD, PhD Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Traumatic Brain
Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD Axon Development and Neurologic Disease
Arnold Sansevere, MD Continuous EEG monitoring in the Pediatric and Neonatal ICU
Thomas Schwarz, PhD Neurotransmitter Secretion, Membrane Trafficking, Synapse Development, Axonal Transport, Parkinson's Disease
Janet Soul, MD Neonatal Neurology
Sarah Spence MD, PhD Autism
Beth Stevens, PhD Neuron-glia Signaling, Synapse Development, and Plasticity
Robert Tasker, MD Critical Care Neurology
Nicole J. Ullrich, MD, PhD Neurologic Effects of Neurofibromatosis, Systemic Cancer and Brain Tumor Treatment in Children
Clifford Woolf MB, BCh, PhD Pain, Formation of Neural Circuits, Regeneration
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