Senior Management

Emer Leahy, Ph.D., M.B.A., President and CEO

Dr. Emer Leahy received her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from University College Dublin, Ireland, and her MBA from Columbia University. She is CEO of PsychoGenics Inc., a profitable preclinical CNS service company, CEO of PGI Drug Discovery LLC, a company engaged in psychiatric drug discovery with three partnered Phase II clinical programs and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Leahy has more than 25 years of experience in drug discovery, clinical develop and business development for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including extensive knowledge of technology assessment, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment as CEO of PsychoGenics, she was Vice President of Business Development, a position she also held at American Biogenetic Sciences and at AMBI Inc. Dr. Leahy served on the Emerging Companies Section Governing Board for the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Intensity Therapeutics, the Business Review Board for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.

Mark A. Hofer, M.S., J.D., General Counsel

Mr. Mark Hofer has more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property and technology law. Prior to joining PsychoGenics, he was a partner at Brown, Rudnick, Berlack & Israels, where he initiated creation of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Hofer also served as General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel for Genzyme Corporation and patent counsel for Johnson & Johnson. He is a member of the NY, NJ, MA and US Patent Bars.

Ronald E.D. Christopher, BA, FCCA, CA(M), V.P., Finance

Mr. Ronald Christopher has over 30 years of experience in the finance field spanning various industry sectors including the Life Sciences sector. Ronald is a UK trained and qualified Accountant and has worked in and overseen businesses in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore including stints in the Corporate Recovery Division of a major Accounting firm. He has held various senior positions with responsibilities covering, amongst others, finance, accounting, risk management, corporate governance, process reviews, change management activities, project monitoring and purchasing.

Vadim Alexandrov, Ph.D., Ph.D., Chief Informatics Officer

Dr. Vadim Alexandrov received his Ph.D. in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Arizona and a subsequent Ph.D. in BioInformatics from Yale University. He has more than 15 years of experience developing analytical and machine learning models in academic and industrial settings. Dr. Alexandrov previously worked as a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Curagen Corporation and as a Senior Informatics Consultant at Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

Taleen Hanania, Ph.D., Sr. V.P., Behavioral Pharmacology

Dr. Hanania received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. She completed her post doctoral training and was a faculty member of Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hanania has extensive pharmacology and behavior experience in all neuropsychiatric areas and has been instrumental in establishing and validating many of PsychoGenics’ behavioral tests.

Sylvie Ramboz, Ph.D., V.P., Neurodegenerative Disorders

Dr. Sylvie Ramboz received her Ph.D. in Neuropharamacology at the Institute for Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Strasbourg, France. Dr. Ramboz has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, first at Memory Pharmaceuticals, then at Xenogen Biosciences Corporation before joining PsychoGenics. While at Xenogen, she was responsible for creating and phenotyping more than 70 transgenic mouse models of CNS and sexual function disorders.

Afshin Ghavami, Ph.D., V.P., Research Operations

Dr. Ghavami joined PsychoGenics in 2007 and directs molecular biology and electrophysiology groups and has been extensively involved in drug discovery research. Dr. Ghavami obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience, from Universite de Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, in conjugation with Columbia University. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined Memory Pharmaceuticals as Research Scientist. In May 2000, Afshin joined Wyeth’s CNS subdivision where he led, evaluated and set up assays for several drug discovery programs including PDE4, RGS, and various GPCR receptors.

Mukesh Bansal, Ph.D., V.P., Data Science

Dr. Mukesh Bansal obtained his Ph.D. in Systems biology from the University of Naples, Italy. He completed his postdoctoral training from Columbia University where he later joined as a research scientist to continue his work on identifying master regulators (MR) of various pathologies, developing methods for biomarker discovery and understanding mechanism of action of compounds. He has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of systems biology including network inference, biomarker discovery, patients’ specific disease checkpoints, and drug target identification, drug repurposing and predicting compound synergy. He authored over 40 research articles, many of them in the top tier journals including Cell, Science and Nature. He is also a co-inventor of many patents.

Christina Leahy, M.S., V.P., Quality Assurance and Vivarium Operations

Ms. Christina Leahy has more than 20 years of laboratory experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including extensive knowledge of AAALAC and IACUC procedures and Federal regulatory and compliancy requirements. Prior to joining PsychoGenics, Ms. Leahy served as Quality Assurance Auditor for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) GLP toxicology lab. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, she worked on in vivo testing for CNS drug discovery.


About Us

  • PsychoGenics
  • 765 Old Saw Mill River Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
  • tel: (914) 406-8019
  • fax: (914) 593-0645