Barbara Slusher

Barbara Slusher, Ph.D., is an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry and the director of the Brain Science Institute (BSI) NeuroTranslational Drug Discovery Program at John Hopkins. Before joining Hopkins in September 2009, Dr. Slusher spent 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including 10 years at the level of senior vice president of research and translational development. Dr. Slusher now leads Hopkins’s largest integrated drug discovery program, where she translates basic scientific discoveries at Hopkins into new drug therapies for neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Slusher has published more than 100 scientific articles and is the inventor of more than 50 issued patents. She co-founded Cerecor, a startup biotechnology company, and leads the National Consortium for Academic Drug Discovery scientists. Dr. Slusher received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and molecular sciences from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her master’s degree in management from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.