Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH, Elected to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees


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Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has announced the election of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH, President of Trinity College, to its Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Berger-Sweeney to the board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her leadership at premier academic institutions in the United States as well as her experience and accomplishments as a research scientist make her uniquely qualified to contribute to our governing body,” said Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Chairman Jamie C. Nicholls.

Dr. Berger-Sweeney became the 22nd President of Trinity College in 2014, after serving 4 years as Tufts University Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. At Tufts, she created the vision and set the strategic direction for the University’s largest school. Prior to this, she was Associate Dean and faculty member at Wellesley College, where she also served as Director of the Neuroscience Program.

Experience and Awards

Dr. Berger-Sweeney received her MPH in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she did proof-of-concept work on galantamine (Razadyne), a popular Alzheimer’s drug. She did her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health (INSERM) in Paris.

Dr. Berger-Sweeney is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2006 Lifetime Mentoring Award from the Society for Neuroscience and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. 

A private, not-for-profit research and education institution, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the business and scientific communities. ■


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