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.
Rodent Behavior Core
Dwight German, Ph.D.
Subroto Ghose, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert Greene, M.D., Ph.D.
Takashi Kitamura, Ph.D.
Said Kourrich, Ph.D.
Ram Madabhushi, Ph.D.
Sachie Ogawa, Ph.D.
David Self, Ph.D.
Steven Shabel, Ph.D.
Carol Tamminga, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Jun Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Secondary Psychiatry Neuroscience Faculty
Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.
Joel Elmquist, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D.
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