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Sharon E. Hesterlee, Ph.D.


Senior Director Research and Advocacy 
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy 

Sharon E. Hesterlee, Ph.D., recently became the Senior Director of Research and Advocacy at the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Prior to that, she worked for nearly a decade at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As MDA’s Vice President of Translational Research, Dr. Hesterlee established programs aimed at overcoming barriers in drug development; subsequently, she became Senior Vice President and Executive Director of MDA Venture Philanthropy, helping to advance the funding and commercialization of new treatments for neuromuscular disease. She has played an active role in managing and brokering public-private collaboration with industry partners. Dr. Hesterlee also has experience in working with Federal agencies, having served on the Department of Health and Human Services’s Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee and as an adjunct member of the NIH Muscular Dystrophy Task Force. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Health Research Alliance.


Last Modified January 24, 2012