Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD

Andrea M. Harriott, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Headache and Neuropathic Pain Unit

Stroke Division

Department of Neurology
Neurovascular Research Unit, Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital


  • 2002: BS, Biology, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2009: PhD, Neuroscience, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2011: MD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2011-2012: Intern, Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2012-2015: Neurology Residency, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • 2015-2016: Vascular Neurology Clinical Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA
  • 2016-2017: Headache Medicine Clinical Fellowship, John R. Graham Headache Center, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, MA, USA
  • 2019-2020: Masters Clinical Research, Medical University of South Carolina, SC, USA


Supported by:

Institutional K12, MGH Transformative Scholar Award, Women’s Brain Institute, and industry.



Sex differences research in migraine, gonadal hormone effects on migraine pathophysiology, hypothalamic mechanisms of migraine and migraine phenotypes, translational research in migraine pain behavior.


Notable contributions to science:

  • Optogenetic spreading depolarizations and migraine-relevant pain behavior
  • Preclinical testing of migraine therapeutics
  • Ion channel mechanisms of dural afferent sensitization
  • Ion channel mechanisms of triptan inhibition of dural afferents



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