Company: Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
Job title: Professor, Neurology & Geneticist, Neurology & Radiology
Xandra Breakefield, Ph.D. is a research scientist with a strong background in molecular genetics and neuroscience. She has focused her efforts on: identification of neurologic disease genes, gene therapy for neurologic diseases; and elucidation of the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in cell-to-cell communication and tumor progression. She has published over 500 scientific articles and has received continuous support from the National Institutes of Health in the USA for her research over a 40 year period. She is currently Professor of Neurology in the Neuroscience Program at Harvard Medical School and Geneticist in the Neurology and Radiology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Professor Breakefield has received a number of awards for her work, including a McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Development Award, two Javits Neuroscience Investigator Awards, the Society for Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Harvard Medical School William Silen Lifetime Achievement Mentoring Award. She is a recipient of an NCI Outstanding Investigator Award R35, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.