Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD

Director, Translational Neuroscience Center; Director, Translational Research Program; Rosamund Stone Zander Chair, Boston Children’s Hospital , Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Mustafa Sahin is the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and the Director of the Translational Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sahin is also a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sahin has dedicated his career to investigating the basic mechanisms by which nerve cells communicate with one another and caring for patients with neurological conditions in whom these processes have gone awry. During his PhD work, Dr. Sahin studied a group of enzymes expressed in the developing brain. This immersion in neurodevelopment contributed to his decision to pursue child neurology training. After training as a child neurologist, he returned to the lab and investigated basic mechanisms of how the brain gets wired. As an independent physician-scientist, Dr. Sahin turned his focus to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a neurogenetic disorder associated with epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism. His laboratory has identified several steps during brain development in which genes that cause TSC play crucial roles. As director of the multi-disciplinary TSC clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Sahin is in a unique position to translate basic science findings to TSC patients. His goal is to translate insights gained from studying brain development to improvements in patient care through early detection, treatment and prevention of problems associated with TSC and related neurological diseases.