Scientific Director & CEO
Dr. Fitzpatrick was named Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute on January 3, 2011. Prior to his arrival in Jupiter, he was the James B. Duke Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Dr. Fitzpatrick was also the founding Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. In this capacity, he led the development of numerous cross-school, interdisciplinary initiatives that spawned new areas of collaborative research, recruited new faculty, and supported the development of new educational programs in the neurosciences.
Dr. Fitzpatrick's scientific contributions have earned him international recognition as a leader in systems neuroscience, with a focus on the functional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex—the largest and most complex area of the brain, whose functions include sensory perception, motor control, and cognition. His research probes fundamental mechanisms of cortical processing that underlie a wide range of brain functions and are critical for understanding how cortical circuits are altered in neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Fitzpatrick has received a number of awards for his research accomplishments, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Award, The Cajal Club Cortical Discoverer Award, and The McKnight Neuroscience Investigator Award. He has served on numerous scientific advisory boards including the Society for Neuroscience, the Searle Scholars Program, the Riken Brain Science Institute, the Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, and the National Institutes of Health. He also has served as an editor for a number of scientific journals, most recently as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Haury is responsible for the scientific infrastructure and operations at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. His responsibilities include establishing and managing the laboratories and scientific services at the new 100,000-square-foot biomedical facility, and implementing a budget management structure for maximum quality and productivity.
Dr. Haury received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Paris VI, worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and performed his postdoc work at the University of California, San Francisco.
Prior to joining the MPFI in February 2013, Dr. Haury spent two and a half years as Head of Science Operations at COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), coordinating and managing a European Commission funded research networking program in Brussels.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science (IGC) in Oeiras, Portugal, where he built the institutional infrastructure, core facilities and technical services before becoming Chief Technology Officer and a member of the executive management of the IGC.
He subsequently took on the position of Coordinating Manager of the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, where he contributed to the planning and opening of the €40 million Advanced Training Centre, and helped to establish the EMBL Corporate Partnership Program, raising more than €1.2 million from corporate supporters.
Dr. Haury has authored over 30 publications and, due to his extensive expertise in scientific grant and program evaluation, frequently serves on scientific review panels on behalf of the European Commission and national research organizations.
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Mr. Pennell started with MPFI in August 2010 after spending the past 10 years as the VP Finance & Facilities for two education entities, Broward College and Kentucky State University. Prior to that Mr. Pennell spent over 25 years of financial leadership in medical device companies as diverse as large divisions of Pfizer and C.R. Bard and in start-up entities.
Bill began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and spent several years with the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton before going into the medical industry. Bill has a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Economics from DePauw University, and has significant expertise in directing Finance, Facilities, Human Resources, IT and Customer Service functions.