Cenk Ayata, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Stroke Service, Department of Neurology
Director, Neurovascular Research Unit, Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital


  • 1985-1991: M.D., Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1991-1994: Graduate Student, Pharmacology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1994-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 1997-2001: Neurology Residency, Tufts University
  • 2001-2003: Clinical fellowship in Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2012-2016: Ph.D., Neuroscience, Leiden University, Leiden Netherlands

Supported by:

The NIH, AHA, Leducq Foundation, industry, private non-profit foundations, and philanthropic donations.


Translational research in neurovascular function and dysfunction, ischemic and hemorrhagic brain injury, cerebral small vessel disease, and migraine.

Notable contributions to science:

  • Spreading depolarizations in ischemic stroke and migraine
  • Preclinical testing of stroke therapeutics.


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