Julia E. Bradsher

PhD, MBA

President and CEO

Email julia.bradsher@hmri.org

Dr. Julia E. Bradsher is the President and CEO of Huntington Medical Research Institutes. She brings to HMRI extensive experience as a successful scientist and strategic leader. Dr. Bradsher directs the organization in its focused growth strategy with the vision of being a leading biomedical research institute within the United States. She heads HMRI’s research, education, community engagement, and fundraising efforts. Before joining HMRI in 2018, her roles included President and CEO of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), President and CEO of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), and leadership and management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. She has occupied faculty and teaching positions at the University of California, San Francisco; Sonoma State University; and San Francisco State University; and she was a research scientist at the New England Research Institute. Her advanced degrees include a PhD in medical sociology from the University of Miami, an MS in gerontology from Baylor University, a BS in psychology from Millsaps College, and an MBA from Suffolk University. She completed the Pew Charitable Trusts Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy in a joint program at the University of California, San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging. Dr. Bradsher has also served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and an NACD-certified corporate director.

Julia E. Bradsher

PhD, MBA

President and CEO

Email julia.bradsher@hmri.org

Dr. Julia E. Bradsher is the President and CEO of Huntington Medical Research Institutes. She brings to HMRI extensive experience as a successful scientist and strategic leader. Dr. Bradsher directs the organization in its focused growth strategy with the vision of being a leading biomedical research institute within the United States. She heads HMRI’s research, education, community engagement, and fundraising efforts. Before joining HMRI in 2018, her roles included President and CEO of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), President and CEO of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), and leadership and management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. She has occupied faculty and teaching positions at the University of California, San Francisco; Sonoma State University; and San Francisco State University; and she was a research scientist at the New England Research Institute. Her advanced degrees include a PhD in medical sociology from the University of Miami, an MS in gerontology from Baylor University, a BS in psychology from Millsaps College, and an MBA from Suffolk University. She completed the Pew Charitable Trusts Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy in a joint program at the University of California, San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging. Dr. Bradsher has also served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and an NACD-certified corporate director.


Robert A. Kloner

MD, PhD

Chief Science Officer; Chair and Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Research

Email robert.kloner@hmri.org
Publications publications

Dr. Robert Kloner has spent more than 40 years running nationally and internationally known cardiovascular research programs – in some cases building them from the ground up – creating centers recognized for scientific excellence and innovation. In addition to his many roles at HMRI, he also serves as Professor of Medicine (Clinical Scholar) at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Bob has made major contributions to science, including the pathophysiology of heart attack; treatments for heart attack; triggers of cardiovascular events; studies on high blood pressure and heart failure; the effect of toxins like alcohol, cocaine, e-cigarette use and pollution on the heart; stem cell therapy for the heart; and the intersection between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. A frequent contributor to the medical and scientific press, Bob has authored or co-authored over 750 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 221 chapters or monographs and 538 abstracts (as of 2021).

Robert A. Kloner

MD, PhD

Chief Science Officer; Chair and Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Research

Email robert.kloner@hmri.org
Publications publications

Dr. Robert Kloner has spent more than 40 years running nationally and internationally known cardiovascular research programs – in some cases building them from the ground up – creating centers recognized for scientific excellence and innovation. In addition to his many roles at HMRI, he also serves as Professor of Medicine (Clinical Scholar) at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Bob has made major contributions to science, including the pathophysiology of heart attack; treatments for heart attack; triggers of cardiovascular events; studies on high blood pressure and heart failure; the effect of toxins like alcohol, cocaine, e-cigarette use and pollution on the heart; stem cell therapy for the heart; and the intersection between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. A frequent contributor to the medical and scientific press, Bob has authored or co-authored over 750 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 221 chapters or monographs and 538 abstracts (as of 2021).


Jocelyn Ferguson

Chief Development Officer

Email jocelyn.ferguson@hmri.org

Jocelyn Ferguson joined HMRI in 2021, bringing almost 20 years of extensive fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. She implemented successful fundraising programs in the Greater Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle metropolitan regions with a focus on health care and higher education.  Her expertise in developing fundraising programs that advance biomedical research, patient care, community health programs, higher education and first-generation college student programs, along with her proven track record in raising major and principal gifts from individuals, family foundations, foundations and corporations, make her an invaluable asset to HMRI.

Jocelyn Ferguson

Chief Development Officer

Email jocelyn.ferguson@hmri.org

Jocelyn Ferguson joined HMRI in 2021, bringing almost 20 years of extensive fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. She implemented successful fundraising programs in the Greater Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle metropolitan regions with a focus on health care and higher education.  Her expertise in developing fundraising programs that advance biomedical research, patient care, community health programs, higher education and first-generation college student programs, along with her proven track record in raising major and principal gifts from individuals, family foundations, foundations and corporations, make her an invaluable asset to HMRI.


Gabriel Rincon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Email gabriel.rincon@hmri.org

Gabriel Rincon joined HMRI in 2022, bringing 17 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry to his role as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Previously, he served as Director of Finance and Accounting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Prior to that role, he served as Controller at Kiewit, one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction organizations in North America. He is a dynamic leader and executive partner, spearheading all financial cycle-related systems and processes to optimize resource utilization. As an expert in financial budgeting and reporting, monthly and fiscal year close, negotiating contracts, audit compliance, accounting operations and financial forecasting, he has managed operating revenues above $500 million. Gabriel joins HMRI as a valued senior executive team member.

Gabriel Rincon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Email gabriel.rincon@hmri.org

Gabriel Rincon joined HMRI in 2022, bringing 17 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry to his role as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Previously, he served as Director of Finance and Accounting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Prior to that role, he served as Controller at Kiewit, one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction organizations in North America. He is a dynamic leader and executive partner, spearheading all financial cycle-related systems and processes to optimize resource utilization. As an expert in financial budgeting and reporting, monthly and fiscal year close, negotiating contracts, audit compliance, accounting operations and financial forecasting, he has managed operating revenues above $500 million. Gabriel joins HMRI as a valued senior executive team member.


Mark Dixon

Vice President of Laboratory & Facilities Operations

Email mark.dixon@hmri.org

Mark Dixon joined HMRI in 2019 to develop and maintain our Core Facilities and environmental health and safety (EHS) programs. Mark works with HMRI staff to ensure quality and safety programs are implemented and maintained throughout the organization. He also oversees the operations of HMRI’s Imaging Center and manages the properties. Before joining HMRI, Mark held several research and managerial roles with contract research organizations (CRO), finding a niche in ISO-certified laboratories in highly regulated environments. Mark received both his BS in Nutritional Science and MS in Food Safety from Michigan State University.

Mark Dixon

Vice President of Laboratory & Facilities Operations

Email mark.dixon@hmri.org

Mark Dixon joined HMRI in 2019 to develop and maintain our Core Facilities and environmental health and safety (EHS) programs. Mark works with HMRI staff to ensure quality and safety programs are implemented and maintained throughout the organization. He also oversees the operations of HMRI’s Imaging Center and manages the properties. Before joining HMRI, Mark held several research and managerial roles with contract research organizations (CRO), finding a niche in ISO-certified laboratories in highly regulated environments. Mark received both his BS in Nutritional Science and MS in Food Safety from Michigan State University.


Susie Berry

Vice President of Development

Email susie.berry@hmri.org

Susie Berry joined HMRI in 2016 and has served in several roles, including Director of Development, Vice President of Operations and most recently Vice President of Development. Prior to joining HMRI, she served as Director of Development at both the South Pasadena-San Marino and Pasadena YMCAs, and as Associate Director of the Society of Fellows (annual fund) at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Susie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Susie Berry

Vice President of Development

Email susie.berry@hmri.org

Susie Berry joined HMRI in 2016 and has served in several roles, including Director of Development, Vice President of Operations and most recently Vice President of Development. Prior to joining HMRI, she served as Director of Development at both the South Pasadena-San Marino and Pasadena YMCAs, and as Associate Director of the Society of Fellows (annual fund) at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Susie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


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