Our Team

CSTE Leadership


Robert Cantu, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at BUSM, and a world-renowned expert on concussion

Ann McKee, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Pathology at BUSM, and Director of the BU ADC Neuropathology Core, which involves conducting neuropathological analyses of brain tissue and maintaining the ADC Brain Bank

Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute

Robert A. Stern, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at BUSM, and Director of the BU ADC Clinical Core

Lee Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology, Opthalmology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director, Molecular Aging and Development Laboratory, Director, Translation Core, NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Director, Center for Biometals & Metallomics (CBM), Director, Molecular Biophotonics Laboratory (MBL)

VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank Research Team

Thor Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Associate Director of the Neuropathology Core of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Jesse Mez, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Neurology

Victor E. Alvarez M.D., Physician Research Associate

Todd Solomon, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow

Daniel H. Daneshvar, MA, M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Researcher at BUSM; Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) Co-Director

Patrick Kiernan, Research Assistant

Lisa McHale, Sports Legacy Institute Director of Family Relations

Salimah Mohamed, MPH, Research Assistant

Lauren Murphy, Administrative Manager

Clinical Research Team

Christine Baugh, MPH, Research Instructor of Neurology at BUSM and CTE Center Research Coordinator

Nathan Fritts, Study Coordinator

Kaitlyn I. Perry, Study Coordinator

Julie Stamm, Graduate Researcher, Doctoral Candidate in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Philip Montenigro, M.D./ Ph.D. Graduate Researcher at BUSM

Alexandra Bourlas, Research Intern


Rhoda Au, Ph.D., Research Professor at BUSM

Alexander Lin, Ph.D., HMS Instructor in Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Michael McClean, Sc.D., Associate Professor at BUSPH

Yorghos Tripodis, Ph.D., Associate Professor at BUSPH

*Sports Legacy Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the study, treatment and prevention of concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive brain injuries. The organization was conceived after SLI members and their colleagues identified the first four cases of CTE in retired professional football players. At the time of their deaths, all four athletes, all of whom died by the age of 50, had remarkable early cell death and excessive amounts of the toxic protein tau throughout their brains, indicative of CTE.