Our Team


Carsten Bonnemann, MD
Senior Investigator

Dr. Bonnemann received his MD from Freiburg University, Germany. He completed pediatric training and venia legendi (Habilitation) in Germany. Residency in pediatric neurology at MGH/Harvard was followed by postdoctoral work with Dr. Louis Kunkel at Children's Hospital Boston working on the molecular genetics of muscular dystrophy. In 2002 he joined the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Program, and Director of the Neurogenetics Clinic. He joined NINDS in 2010 as Senior Investigator and Chief of the Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section. Dr. Bonnemann was a Pew Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences. He received the 2009 Derek Denny Brown Neurological Scholar Award. Research in Dr. Bonnemann's laboratory revolves around molecular mechanisms underlying early onset muscle disease (congenital muscular dystrophies, congenital myopathies, and reducing body myopathy). The laboratory's goal is to identify the genetic and cellular mechanisms in these conditions in order to develop strategies for molecular-based treatments.

Clinical Team: 

A. Reghan Foley, MD
Senior Research Physician 

Payam Mohassel, MD
Clinical Research Fellow 

Diana Bharucha-Goebel, MD 
Clinical Research Collaborator 

Dimah Saade, MD 
Clinical Fellow

Safoora Syeda, MD
Clinical Fellow

Sandra Donkervoort, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor

Gilberto Mike Averion, BSN, RN 
Clinical Research Nurse 

Christine Jones, MPH, RN 
Clinical Research Nurse 

Christopher Mendoza
Patient Care Coordinator 

Joshua J. Todd, PhD, CCRP 

Kia Brooks, MS
Regulatory Affairs Specialist/Protocol Navigator 

Tracy Ogata 

Riley McCarty

Eddie Paredes 

Sarah Silverstein 
MRSP Fellow from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 

Lab Team: 

Yaqun Zou, MD 
Staff Scientist 

Ying Hu, MS  

Jachinta Rooney, PhD

Veronique Bolduc, PhD  
Staff Scientist 

Janelle Geist Hauserman, PhD  
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Astrid Brull, PhD
Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow 

P. Brian Uapinyoying, PhD
IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoc at Children's National Hospital 

Eric Esposito