Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH

Boston Children's Hospital

Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Neurogenetics and Epilepsy Genetics Programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she serves as Associate Chief for Academic Development in the Department of Neurology. A physician-scientist with a focus on epilepsy genetics, her goals include contributing to the genetic landscape of epilepsy, creating models of human epilepsy, and developing novel treatments for genetic epilepsies. Dr. Poduri’s research includes seminal discoveries of somatic mutations as the cause of the malformations hemimegalencephaly and focal cortical dysplasia. In collaboration with international epilepsy genetics consortia and colleagues, she has reported inherited and de novo forms of early onset epilepsy, and her team continues with gene discovery in epilepsy while modeling epilepsy genes in the zebrafish system. She has been a recipient of the American Neurological Association’s Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award (Physician-Scientist Basic Science Award) and the American Academy of Neurology’s Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award. 


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