About Our Core

Administrative Core Staff

Scott Pomeroy, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the IDDRC Director.  Dr. Pomeroy is the Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Neurologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital. His background in both basic and clinical neuroscience enables him to bring investigators together and to facilitate the translation of basic science to clinical investigation, to plant the seeds generated by clinical research in the minds of basic scientists, and to bring about the intellectual marriage of these scientists that is the essence of this IDDRC.

Alan Beggs, Ph.D. serves as IDDRC Associate Director for Genetics. Dr. Beggs is the Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Mustafa Sahin, Ph.D. serves as IDDRC Associate Director for Clinical/Translation Research. Dr. Sahin is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and the Translational Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Clifford Woolf, Ph.D., M.B.,B.Ch. serves as the Associate Director of the Center’s Basic Neuroscience Program. Dr. Woolf is a Professor of Neurology, the Director of the CHB Division of Neuroscience and the FM Kirby Neurobiology Program at BCH and the Neuroscience Program at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Before joining Children’s Hospital in 2010, Dr. Woolf was the first incumbent of the Richard J. Kitz Chair at Harvard Medical School, and he founded the Neural Plasticity Research Group at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Woolf brings to the IDDRC an extraordinary research program in the genetic, molecular and cellular bases of the adaptive and maladaptive plasticity in the nervous system, particularly in relation to developmental neurobiology, pain and neural regeneration.

IDDRC Administrator Amy Weinberg has financial oversight of the Core laboratories and monitors their activity levels, expenses, and income. Together with Theresa Trapilo, Padam Gharti, Karen Caballero, Rebekah Wysocki, Lynn Bruning, and Jacqueline Breen, she coordinates all issues related to IDDRC support personnel in the Core facilities, assists IDDRC investigators in identifying potential funding sources, and meets the administrative needs of the Center’s Associate Directors, Core Directors and Investigators.


The offices of Program Director (Dr. Pomeroy) and the Administrative Manager (Ms. Weinberg) are located on the 12th floor of the Center for Life Science Building (CLS). The Basic Neuroscience component of the Center and associated Core Facilities (Clinical/Translational, Cellular Imaging, Mouse Neurobehavioral, and Mouse Gene Manipulation) are also located in the CLS Building.  The Genetics component of the IDDRC is based in the office of Associate Director Dr. Alan Beggs on CLS 15 and 16.

Our IDDRC seminar series is held in the Enders auditorium on the main floor of the Enders building. Meeting rooms on CLS 12, 13 and 14 house smaller meetings of individual lab groups, collaborative groups, lab results and journal club presentations organized by the Basic Neuroscience groups.