Jakob Hartmann, PhD

Jakob Hartmann, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Director, Neurobehavioral Stress Resilience Laboratory

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Jakob Hartmann, PhD, is director of the Neurobehavioral Stress Resilience Laboratory at McLean and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hartmann is the recipient of several honors and fellowships, including a research scholarship from the German Research Foundation, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, a Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award, as well as travel awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Dr. Hartmann earned his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, where his research focused on the behavioral and molecular basis of individual stress vulnerability and resilience in the context of psychiatric disorders. His current research investigates the interaction of stress and immune pathways relevant to psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. He utilizes multidisciplinary methodologies ranging from single-cell RNA sequencing, genetic and transgenic approaches in mice, to human postmortem brain tissue analyses.

Education & Training

  • 2009 Diploma in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • 2014 PhD in Neuroscience, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry and Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • 2014-2015 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Stress Neurobiology and Neurogenetics, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
  • 2015-2019 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory, McLean Hospital


Phone: 617.855.4216
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 114