Plavi Mittal, PhD
President & CEO
Dr. Mittal earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Brandeis University and did her postdoctoral research in molecular oncology at Harvard Medical School. She was also a management consultant at a global consulting firm, where she worked with leading pharmaceutical companies. She became involved with the dysferlin field in 2001, when her nephew was diagnosed with dysferlinopathy.
Dr. Mittal has led the Jain Foundation since its inception in 2005. She has rapidly built up the foundation in accordance with two guiding principles: (1) the creation of an in-house team of dysferlin experts to manage and coordinate research across the dysferlin field; and (2) active efforts to fully diagnose all dysferlinopathy patients at the genetic level in preparation for clinical trials. Dr. Mittal's sense of personal responsibility for advancing the dysferlin field––together with her unique combination of passion, charisma, and brutal honesty––continues to inspire researchers, patients, physicians, and the rest of the foundation team to become personnally invested in the pursuit of a cure for dysferlinopathy.