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Some Successful Alumni/ae of the Program

Earl Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA

BS, Biological sciences, Stanford University
M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
M.B.A. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Medicine internship at Evanston Hospital
Residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Neurology

Current Positions
Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester

Research Interests
I am interested in preventing Parkinson’s and other brain diseases. I also envision that anyone anywhere can participate in research and receive care. Technology is a tool to helping realize that vision.

You might be surprised to know:
I love good books and miss coaching my sons in basketball.

Monica Javidnia, PhD

B.S., Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas
M.S., Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas
Ph.D., Pharmacology Georgetown University

Current Positions
Staff Fellow at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Adjunct Senior Instructor, University of Rochester Department of Neurology, Center for Health + Technology

You might be surprised to know:
I am a registered yoga teacher, with over 700 hours of training experience and nearly 1000 hours of teaching experience.

Karl D Kieburtz, MD, MPH

B.A., Neuroscience and Religion, Amherst College
M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
M.P.H., University of Rochester
Residency at University of Rochester Medical Center, Family Practice and Neurology

Current Positions
Professor, University of Rochester
President, Clintrex Research Corporation

Research Interests
Developing novel therapies for brain disorders, especially neurodegenerative diseases, with an emphasis on quantitative modeling of disease features in order to target the right individuals with the right treatments..

You might be surprised to know:
My first exposure to clinical trials for brain disorders was doing neuropsychological testing (with paper and pencil) in a study of Huntington disease, as a 1st year medical student, over 40 years ago. A lot has changed, but a surprising amount has not yet.

Charles A Thornton, MD

B.S., University of Iowa
M.D., University of Iowa School of Medicine
Residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, Neurology

Current Positions
Saunders Family Distinguished Professor in Neuromuscular Research, University of Rochester
Professor Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience and Centers for Neurotherapeutics Discovery, RNA Biology, and Health Technology, University of Rochester

Research Interests
I am interested in the application of biotechnology to study pathophysiology and treatment of neuromuscular diseases. I am fascinated by myotonic dystrophy and other repeat expansion diseases.

You might be surprised to know:
One of my favorite non-work activities is to ride a bicycle. It doesn’t matter much where.