Current Rappaport Fellows at Mass. General Hospital

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Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH

Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH

2019 Rappaport Scholar

Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and Instructor at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dunn is also affiliated with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Dunn’s research is centered on using interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the etiology of depression in women, children, and adolescents. To this work, she brings a multilevel or “cells to society” approach, focusing on the independent effect of social determinants (e.g., exposure to child abuse and neglect, school and neighborhood factors) and the joint effect of genetic and social determinants (e.g., gene-by-social environment interplay). Her most recent work is examining a developmentally informed model of gene-environment interplay (GxE), whereby the role of exposure to adversity is hypothesized to exert a strong effect during sensitive periods in development.

More information can be found on the Dunn Laboratory website.

Jenny J. Linnoila, MD, PhD

Jenny J. Linnoila, MD, PhD

2019 Rappaport Scholar

Dr. Linnoila received a BS in computer science from the University of Chicago. She then completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh after a year of study at Cambridge University (in the UK). She did her internship in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She completed her neurology residency in the Partners combined Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals program in 2014. The year after, she completed a fellowship in Autoimmune Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. While in residency, she was awarded a two-year R25 grant for neuroimmunology research from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) part of the National Institutes of Health, which she completed upon returning to MGH. In addition to the Rappaport Foundation, her research is also currently funded by a K08 award through NINDS.

Clinically, Dr. Linnoila is establishing a practice in autoimmune and paraneoplastic neurologic disorders. Her research interests lie in better understanding the interaction between the immune and nervous systems. In particular, she is interested in the intersection between infectious and autoimmune neurology, developing an animal model of postinfectious autoimmune encephalitis.