Scientists and Experts Working for the Public Good

Over 30 team members bring a full range of expertise to Usona operations, including psychiatry, integrative medicine, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs in multiple countries.

Collage of photos featuring Usona Institute team members


Bill Linton


Malynn Utzinger


Leadership Team

Sarah Schneider

Manager, Human Resources Business Partner

Robert Kargbo, PhD

CMC and Nonclinical Project Lead

Tura Patterson

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships

Theraysa Gapasin

Director, Clinical Operations

John LeBlanc


Alex Sherwood, PhD

Medicinal Chemist

Mike Davis, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer

Poonam Gunjal

Director, Commercial Development

Board of Directors

Bill Linton


Rick Langer

Board Member

Rachelle C. Sampson PhD

Scientific Advisor

Poncho Meisenheimer

Lead Chemist

Mathew J. Saur

Board Member

Clinical Advisory Board

Charles (Chuck) Raison, MD - Chair

Director of Clinical and Translational Research

Heidi Allen, PhD

Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University

Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD

Ralph Metzner Distinguished Professor in Neurology and Psychiatry and Director of Neuroscape’s Psychedelics Division at the University of California, San Francisco

Tom Laughren, MD

Retired Division Director for the Division of Psychiatry Products

Rosalind (Ros) Watts, DClinPsy

Clinical Lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London

Bennet Zelner, PhD

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park