Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD

Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD

  • Director, Program for Structural and Molecular Neuroscience

  • William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatry, Emerita


In 1967, Dr. Benes received her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York and in 1972, completed a PhD in Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine. Between 1972 and 1975, she received post-doctoral training at the City of Hope National Medical Center in California where she used single cell neurochemistry to study GABA neurons. In 1975, Dr. Benes began her medical training at Yale and after graduating in 1978, she completed a psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


Education & Training

  • 1967 Bachelor’s degree, St. John’s University
  • 1972 PhD in Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine
  • 1978 MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • 1972-1975 Post-Doctoral Training, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • 1979-1982 Psychiatric Residency, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • 1980 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 333A