Dr. Kristina Simonyan is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Director of Laryngology Research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Associate Neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Director of Dystonia and Speech Motor Control Laboratory. Dr. Simonyan received her medical degrees (M.D. and Dr. med.) from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia and Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany, as well as a PhD degree in Neurobiology from TiHo University of Hanover, Germany. She completed her residency in otolaryngology and clinical research fellowship in movement disorders, neurolaryngology, and brain imaging.
Dr. Simonyan studies the neural mechanisms of healthy and diseased speech production and other complex voluntary motor behaviors. Her clinical research program is focused on focal dystonia, a debilitating neurological disorder causing involuntary muscle contractions in different body regions. Her methodological approaches bridge brain imaging, machine learning, computational neuroscience, genetics, and clinical trials and are geared toward the identification of objective diagnosis, prediction of risk, and treatment of dystonia. Her recent studies have mapped the large-scale neural architecture of speech control, discovered the microstructural neural network biomarker for automated diagnosis of dystonia, and developed novel oral treatment for this disorder. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Amazon Web Services.