The Cohen Veterans Bioscience Cooperative Alliance draws its strength from the many people who contribute their time, expertise and energy to our shared vision.
We hereby recognize members of our Alliance Community and volunteers.
Senior Project Manager, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury at NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Duna Abu-Amara, MPH
Ms. Abu-Amara received her MPH from George Washington University. She is responsible for facilitating integrated project delivery, oversight, and project management of all phases of the project lifecycle and ensuring optimal project performance. Ms. Abu-Amara routinely tracks the execution of deliverables in the project scope to be certain the organizations are meeting key timelines and milestones, complying with quality and regulatory compliance standards, preparing reports and standard operating manuals and achieving the project goals.
Prior to working at NYULMC, Duna was a research project manager at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Pediatrics; the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Health Policy; and at Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics. She has more than 12 years of experience providing project management for federal and non-federally funded research projects.
Director of Computational Biology,
Marina Bessarabova, PhD
Prior to her current role, Marina was a leading scientist at GeneGo, Inc., a systems biology & genomics specialist company acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. Marina holds Ph.D. in computational biology and genetics from Russian Academy of Sciences.
Founder and CEO of Rancho BioSciencesView Bio
Julie Bryant has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences business. Most recently she helped build GeneGo into a world class player in the systems biology field that was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2010. She was responsible for building the company revenues and had sales, marketing, business development, customer care, application scientists and IT reporting to her. At Thomson Reuters Julie was a VP of Business Development in the life science division and had an international sales team reporting to her. Previously she helped build OminiViz a text mining life science company and spun it out of Battelle. Bryant also worked at Genometrix, a high throughput gene expression and genotyping company out of Texas that also built a disease blood repository. At Biosym/Accelrys she built the Asian operations from scratch through a network of distributors and then came back to the headquarters to work in Southern California and helped with the Pharmacopeia integration.
Bryant also served on the Board at GeneGo and is a board member, shareholder and helped fund FreedomVoice, a telecommunications and VoIP company out of San Diego. Bryant also helps fund startups such aPriori Beauty Company, Simulscribe and Bimini Pet Health. Bryant earned her science degree in England, has edited a Pathway book and is listed on nutritional patents.
Program Manager, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Director for Basic and Translational Research, Institute for the Neurosciences at the Brigham and Women’s HospitalView Bio
Philip L. De Jager, MD, PhD
Phil received his BS (summa cum laude) in molecular biophysics, biochemistry and French literature from Yale University, his PhD in neurogenetics from The Rockefeller University, and his MD from Cornell University. He completed a MMSc program in clinical investigation at Harvard/MIT and received postdoctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford UniversityView Bio
Amit Etkin, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, Director of the Blood Biomarker Core at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veteran Center at NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Silvia Fossati, PhD
Professor and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director of Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Steven R. Flanagan, MD
He serves on numerous medical advisory boards, including the India Head Injury Foundation, the Brain Trauma Foundation, and the Brain Injury Association of New York State. He is a peer reviewer for several scientific journals, chaired the Central Nervous System Membership Council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, currently chairs the Medical Education Committee and sits on its Board of Governors. He authored numerous chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and participated in both federally and industry sponsored research. He served as panel chair for the TBI/Stroke Group for the VA Merit Review from 2007-2013.
Dr. Flanagan has received awards from several organizations, including the Brain Injury Association of New York State, Attending Physician of the Year Award from the Department of Nursing, and Teacher of the Year from the residents in Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has been continually listed as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly since 2010.
Co-Founder and Chairman, PatientsLikeMeView Bio
Jamie is also the founder and past CEO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s first nonprofit biotechnology company. During his tenure at ALS TDI, Jamie helped pioneer an open research model and industrialized therapeutic validation process that made ALS TDI the world’s largest and most comprehensive ALS research program. Jamie and his brother were the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner’s biography His Brother’s Keeper and the documentary So Much So Fast.
Executive Vice President and Co-Founder,
Iya Khalil, PhD
Prior to GNS Healthcare, Iya worked at Cornell University, the University of Washington, and Abbott Labs. She holds a BS in physics from the University of Washington and a PhD in physics from Cornell University.
Founder & CEO, ExaptiveView Bio
Senior Software Engineer and Project Leader, Robotics Program, SRI InternationalView Bio
Thomson ReutersView Bio
Lee Lancashire, PhD
Founder and CEO, MetaCellView Bio
Stephen Larson, PhD
Lucius N. Littauer Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center and Director, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain InjuryView Bio
Charles Marmar, MD
CEO, Accelerated Cure Project
for Multiple Sclerosis
Robert McBurney, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Clinical Director The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Jennifer Newman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Senior Statistician – Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical CenterView Bio
Meng Qian, PhD
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Tsinghua University, China, and PhD in biostatistics from New York University. His research focuses on the statistical methodology development for the analysis of genetic and genomic data, as well as statistical application to biomedical/psychiatric research. He has a keen interest and expertise in integrating separate fields of knowledge to utilize and adapt statistical methods and analytic tools for new merging fields. His expertise includes genetic/genomic data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, missing data analysis, meta-analysis, and clinical trials analysis.
Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety at McLean Hospital James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Psychiatry at McLean and Harvard Medical SchoolView Bio
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
M.S., Accelerated Cure Project
for Multiple Sclerosis
Ms. Schmidt has an MS in management, as well as a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ms. Schmidt is active in MIT alumni efforts and has served as Chair of the Technology Day Committee, global board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, and judge for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. She also serves on the Institutional Review Board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2005 she was selected as an honoree of the Mass High Tech “Women to Watch” awards.