The McGovern Institute is an integral part of MIT and is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives appointed by the McGovern family and by MIT. Lore Harp McGovern is the Chair of the Board of Directors. The director of the McGovern Institute is Robert Desimone, who is also the Doris and Don Berkey Professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Desimone was appointed by the governing board, is responsible for the overall scientific direction of the Institute, and is supported by the Institute’s administrative staff. The McGovern Institute is also guided by a Scientific Advisory Board of distinguished neuroscientists from outside MIT.
Lore Harp McGovern, Chair
Michelle Harp Bethel '01
James Poitras ’63
K. Lisa Yang
John Duncan, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK
Story Landis, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (retired)
Alongside her role at the McGovern Institute, Landis currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University, the Neurological Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine, the Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize, and the Scientific Review Boards of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Wellcome Trust. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.