I completed my medical sc
hool training at the University of Virginia, which was followed by postdoctoral training at the intramural program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  My postdoctoral training encompassed molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches used in translational neuroscience research, and my specific studies largely focused on understanding how lithium exerts its mood stabilizing effects.  My research continues to focus, in part, on understanding how lithium exerts its therapeutic effects to assist in the development of novel antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and to predict lithium response using genetic and other biomarkers.  Additionally, other projects in my laboratory are focused u
pon assessing the functional consequences of mood disorder susceptibility genes.  I also have extensive experience with studies of rodent behaviors, using techniques of behavioral neuroscience and behavioral pharmacology, and ongoing studies focus on using these approaches to identify molecular therapeutic targets for the development of new interventions.  The long-term goals of my research encompass conducting high quality translational research that will yield outcomes with tangible benefits to patients suffering from mental illness. See also an interview with In Cites.

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