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Kai C. Sonntag, MD, PhD

Kai C. Sonntag, MD, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Sonntag's scientific interest is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative and other diseases of the central nervous system and to develop new therapeutic tools using gene and cell therapy approaches. He is working with postmortem human brains and a multitude of in vitro and in vivo model systems, including pluripotent stem cells and lentivirus vector technologies, to study normal and abnormal cell development and function in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Dr. Sonntag is currently an associate stem cell researcher for the Division of Basic Neuroscience at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Author of numerous journal articles, he is on the editorial board of publications including Journal of Translational Medicine and Brain and Behavior.


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Education & Training:

  • 1993 MD, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1994 PhD in Virology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1993-1994 Internship in Internal Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1995-2000 Research Fellow in Immunology/Surgery, Transplantation Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 233