About Akshata Sonni, PhD

Akshata Sonni, PhD is the Scientific Program Director for the McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Trained as a neuroscientist, she has devoted her career to scientific communication, engaging a broad audience in the scientific enterprise, and program building.

Dr. Sonni received her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied the link between sleep and cognition, with a particular focus on how sleep changes across the lifespan and as a result of neurodegenerative disease. Following her training, she worked as a Science Writer in the Chair of the Faculty Office at the Broad Institute, developing compelling reports that highlighted the ideas, discoveries, and contributions of the scientists at the institute. She went on to serve as Executive Director for the Biological Design Center at Boston University, propelling the center’s cutting-edge research forward and ensuring that the talented scientists and trainees driving the discoveries and innovations were maximally supported, both scientifically and professionally.

At the McCance Center for Brain Health, Dr. Sonni collaborates with scientists and clinicians from diverse disciplines, serving as a catalyst for the transformational research and collaboration that propel the Center towards its goals.