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S. Barak Caine, PhD

S. Barak Caine, PhD, began his career as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Winokur at the University of Pennsylvania, before receiving pre-doctoral training in the laboratories of Dr. Mark Geyer at the University of California, and Dr. George Koob at The Scripps Research Institute, with whom Dr. Caine conducted his PhD thesis. Dr. Caine trained as a post-doctoral fellow at...

Bill Carlezon, PhD

Bill Carlezon, PhD, has received several awards for his research, including an Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from George W. Bush, and the Jacob P. Waletzky Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism from the Society for...

Franca Centorrino, MD

Franca Centorrino, MD, oversees a multidisciplinary team of clinicians treating outpatients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Her research activities focus on the use of psychotropic medications for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and the management of side effects associated with these medications. Dr. Centorrino also supervises psychiatric residents and research...

Young Cha, PhD

Young Cha, PhD, received his PhD in stem cell biology from CHA University in Korea. During his PhD studies, his scientific interest was to identify novel factors which are involved in the maintenance of self-renewality and pluripotency of embryonic stem cells. He joined the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory in 2012 as a post-doctoral fellow. He is currently an assistant neuroscientist at McLean...

Shi Yu Chan, PhD

Shi Yu Chan, PhD, joined the Psychosis Neurobiology Laboratory led by Dr. Mei-Hua Hall in 2018 as a post-doctoral research fellow. Her research involves the longitudinal analysis of neuroimaging data, and associations between resting state functional connectivity, cognitive measures, and clinical scales. Dr. Chan obtained her PhD at the Neurobiology and Experimental Therapeutics lab at the...

Elena H. Chartoff, PhD

Elena H. Chartoff, PhD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory at McLean Hospital. She is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that connect depression and anxiety with drug addiction. The work in her laboratory has broad implications for understanding basic brain mechanisms that control mood and...

Gabriele Chelini, PhD

Gabriele Chelini, PhD, started his career in neuroscience joining a PhD program at the University of Florence, where he acquired expertise in in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders. During this training, he spent 8 months with the Hensch-Fagiolini lab at Harvard Medical School, enhancing his understanding of experience-dependent plasticity. During...

Yong Kee Choi, PhD

Yong Kee Choi, PhD, has extensive experiences in studying neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, and depression with the goal of creation of novel medications. Dr. Choi is currently focusing on developing advanced medications for childhood onset schizophrenia and major depressive disorder and is investigating the role of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency in psychiatric...

Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD

Dr. Cohen leads a multidisciplinary research program on the causes of psychiatric disorders, with the goal of developing new, more effective, and better tolerated treatments. He and his colleagues employ pharmacologic, brain imaging, epidemiologic, genomic, and cell model approaches to study schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in particular. Collaborating investigators work at McLean and at the...

Joseph T. Coyle, MD

Joseph T. Coyle, MD, is the Eben S. Draper Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and was chairman of the Consolidated Department of Psychiatry at Harvard 1991-2001. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he received his MD from Johns Hopkins. He completed an internship in pediatrics, a residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship with the Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod...

Miles Cunningham, MD, PhD

Miles G. Cunningham, MD, PhD, earned a PhD in 1993 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in “Transplantation Strategies for the Analysis of Brain Development and Repair.” He earned an MD in 1995 from Harvard Medical School, with a special interest in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology. Dr. Cunningham received residency training at Massachusetts General and...

Nikolaos P. Daskalakis, MD, PhD

Nikolaos P. Daskalakis, MD, PhD, is an associate neuroscientist at McLean Hospital, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an associate member at the Broad Institute. He received his MD from University of Athens, his PhD in neuropsychopharmacology from Leiden University, and completed fellowships in neuroendocrinology at Leiden University and in systems biology at...

Debkanya Datta, PhD

Debkanya Datta, PhD, focuses her research on the study of brain disorders using a stem cell-based approach. Her work involves development of human cellular models of neuropsychiatric disorders, using the Nobel Prize winning induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to identify molecular and cellular factors underlying their neuropathology. Dr. Datta received her MS in biochemistry from...

Rajeev I. Desai, PhD

Rajeev I. Desai, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his PhD from University of Birmingham, UK, before completing post-doctoral training at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Desai joined the Preclinical Pharmacology Program (directed by Dr. Jack Bergman) at McLean Hospital in 2006. Dr. Desai’s research involves the use of behavioral...

Fei Du, PhD

Fei Du, PhD, has substantial background in high/ultra-high field MRS technical development and neuroscience application. In particular, he has applied EEG, fMRI and in vivo MRS to assess brain activity, cerebral metabolism of energy, and neurotransmitter Glu-Gln cycling. Dr. Du’s current research interest is in better understanding neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disease...

Elif Engin, PhD

Elif Engin, PhD, grew up in Ankara, Turkey, and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. She completed her doctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Dallas Treit in Edmonton, Alberta, and was awarded a PhD Thesis Award from the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Engin joined the Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology at McLean...

Penny Hallett, PhD

Penny Hallett, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Neuroregeneration Research Institute (NRI). She received her PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, and completed post-doctoral studies at Massachusetts General Hospital, moving in 2006 to McLean Hospital to join the NRI. Dr. Hallett served as an editor for Molecular and Cellular...

Jakob Hartmann, PhD

Jakob Hartmann, PhD, is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory led by Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, at McLean Hospital. 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. He is...

Ole Isacson, Dr Med Sci

Dr. Ole Isacson is a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and founding director of the Neuroregeneration Research Institute at McLean Hospital. His work is focused on the understanding and treatments of neurodegenerative disease, with particular emphasis on distinguishing critical mechanisms and treatments of neuronal vulnerability at the onset of disease, or new restorative...

Jeha Jeon, PhD

Jeha Jeon, PhD, received his BSc from the Department of Molecular and Life Sciences at Hanyang University and PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at Hanyang University, studying neuroscience and neurodegenerative disorders. In 2016, Dr. Jeon joined the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow.

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