Rita Sattler, PhD

About Dr. Sattler

Dr. Rita Sattler is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI), Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Sattler is the Director of the BNI Research Education Programs and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience at BNI-ASU.

She received her master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, and performed her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. She then served as lead scientist for a small biotech company for four years overseeing assay development and drug screening of lead compounds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), in addition to the validation of disease biomarkers. From there, Dr. Sattler joined the Johns Hopkins
University Drug Discovery Center to strengthen her expertise in preclinical drug development. Dr. Sattler started her first faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in 2012 at Johns Hopkins University, before joining the Barrow Neurological Institute in 2015. 

She is a member of the American Society for Neuroscience and the American Society for Neurochemistry. Dr. Sattler is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Governor’s Gold Medal for the highest academic achievement in graduate studies at the University of Toronto, a Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowship, and a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellowship.