What is the basic use of psychiatry

Research on the fundamental processes controlling brain function at the molecular, genetic and cellular levels focuses on abnormalities in various neuropsychiatric disorders. Studies investigate how alterations in genes, gene expression, signal transduction pathways, and neuroplasticity contribute to mental illness including schizophrenia, autism, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Other research investigates brain circuit-specific pathways in the regulation of complex behavior including learning and memory, mood, and motivation.

The studies make prominent use of transgenic mouse models, viral mediated gene transfer, DNA/RNA profiling, protein biochemistry, and optogenetics.  Defining aspects of the Division's research feature the integration of molecular, cellular, and systems level investigation with the availability of sophisticated animal models of specific disorders.

Basic Research Faculty

Shari Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Rodent Behavior Core

Dwight German, Ph.D.
German Lab

Subroto Ghose, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ghose Lab 

Robert Greene, M.D., Ph.D.
Greene Lab

Takashi Kitamura, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Said Kourrich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Kourrich Lab 

Ram Madabhushi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sachie Ogawa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
QMC Core

David Self, Ph.D.
Self Lab

Steven Shabel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Shabel Lab

Carol Tamminga, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Schizophrenia/Tamminga Lab

Jun Yamamoto, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor
Kitamura Lab

Secondary Psychiatry Neuroscience Faculty

Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.
Chahrour Lab

Joel Elmquist, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Elmquist Lab

Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.
Zigman Lab