Assistant Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School How did you get involved with Batten Disease research?
My PhD thesis research project involved investigation of a potentially important player in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Through this work, I developed a passion for understanding how the brain works and drives human behavior and for solving diseases of the brain. Therefore, after earning my PhD, I set out to further pursue a research career in brain disease, joining the laboratory of Dr. Marcy MacDonald at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. MacDonald had been working with Dr. Terry Lerner for several years, to identify the Batten disease related CLN3 and CLN6 genes. Dr. MacDonald provided superb mentorship and allowed me to have a lot of independence while building on Dr.