Principal Investigators


Beth StevensBeth Stevens

Principal Investigator for the Conte Center

Associate Professor of Neurology

Beth Stevens received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2003 from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2008 in the lab of Ben Barres where she studied the roles of glia and complement system in synaptic refinement.  She is an institute member of the Broad Institute, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and a research associate in neurobiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Her research seeks to understand the mechanisms that regulate the disappearance of synapses — junctions where nerves communicate with each other — by focusing on how immune-related molecules mediate this process. Her most recent work seeks to uncover how microglial cells, the immune cells of the central nervous system, help sculpt developing neural circuits and how microglia dysfunction may contribute to t neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.




Michael Carroll

Director, Graduate Program in Immunology

Professor of Pediatrics

Michael Carroll received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the UT Southwestern Medical School (Dallas, TX) under the direction of Dr. J. Donald Capra in 1980; subsequently he trained with Dr. Rodney R. Porter in the Biochemistry Department, Oxford U (Oxford UK). In 1985, he was appointed an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He was promoted in 1998 to the rank of Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Senior Investigator, Boston Children’s Hospital, Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine.




Steven McCarroll

Director of Genomic Neurobiology, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Dorothy and Milton Flier Professor of Biomedical Science and Genetics, Department of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School

Steve McCarroll’s research draws upon his training in molecular neuroscience and human genetics. He earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco in the lab of Cori Bargmann. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of David Altshuler (formerly of the Broad, Harvard, and MIT) studying human genome variation and the genetic basis of common disease.





Bernardo Sabatini

Professor of Neurobiology

HHMI Investigator

Bernardo Sabatini studies the neural processes by which an animal picks its next action. He focuses on the circuitry of the basal ganglia, an evolutionary conserved brain structure fundamental to motor action and selection, and seeks to understand how the regulation of synapses in this structure modify animal behavior. Furthermore, he examines how perturbations of these processes contribute to neuropsychiatric disease. His laboratory utilizes and develops novel molecular, optical, and electrophysiological approaches for these studies.




Kevin Mastro : Post-doc

Kevin Mastro


Yingying Zhang : Postdoc

Yingying Zhang


Esra Yalcin : Postdoc

Esra Yalcin


Fenna Krienen : Post-doc

Fenna Krienen


Timothy Hammond : Post-doc

Timothy Hammond


Alec Walker : Grad Student

Alec Walker

Grad Student

Melis Yilmas : Master's Student

Melis Yilmas

Master's Student

Nolan Kamitaki : Grad Student

Nolan Kamitaki

Grad Student

Matthew Baum : Grad Student

Matthew Baum

Grad Student

Heather de Rivera : Research Assistant

Heather de Rivera

Research Assistant

Robert Handsaker : Research Assistant

Robert Handsaker

Research Assistant

James Nemesh : Research Assistant

James Nemesh

Research Assistant

Christina Usher : Writer and Illustrator

Christina Usher

Writer and Illustrator

Amy Jarvis : Admin and Program Coordinator

Amy Jarvis

Admin and Program Coordinator