Sonia Vallabh, PhD

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Sonia Vallabh co-runs a prion research laboratory at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard along with her husband, Eric Minikel. She earned her PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard Medical School in 2019. Sonia and Eric left their previous careers to devote their lives to biomedical research after learning in 2011 that Sonia had inherited a fatal mutation that causes genetic prion disease. At the Broad Institute, Sonia works on prion disease drug discovery, as well as biomarkers and other tools to enable drugs to be tested for prevention as well as treatment of prion disease.