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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Associate Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.

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Ernesto R. Bongarzone PhD

  • Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Ernesto Bongarzone

Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.

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Philip Clifford PhD

  • Associate Dean, Research, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Philip Clifford came to UIC from the Medical College of Wisconsin where he served as associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology. His research efforts have been aimed at elucidating the physiological mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle blood flow during exercise.

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Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Associate Head, Clinical Services
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Cook is the Director of Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Associate Head of Clinical Services in the department. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in treating comorbid psychiatric disorders for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor of Psychiatry.

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Tory Eisenlohr-Moul PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UIC, and holds an additional courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized fellowship training in the pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment of hormone-related psychiatric disorders-- particularly premenstrual disorders.

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Alessandro Guidotti MD

  • Scientific Director, Psychiatric Institute
  • Distinguished Professor
Alessandro Guidotti is the Scientific Director of the Psychiatric Institute, and Professor of Psychiatry and Biochemistry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Prof. Guidotti’s outstanding research record ranges from the report that benzodiazepines, allosterically acting at specific GABAa receptor sites, enhance GABA’s gating of Cl channels dating back to the 1970′s up to his recent pioneer studies on the role of reelin in human cortex and on demethylation of promoters expressed in GABAergic neurons as a potential mechanism of antipsychotic action.

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Tamar Heller PhD

  • Distinguished Professor, Department Head, Director—IDHD, Disability and Human Development
  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Director, DHD Family Clinic
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Tamar Heller is a distinguished professor and head of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I direct its University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health, Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics, and TAP autism program.

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Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.

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John Larson PhD

  • Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry
John Larson is Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry and Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in understanding the role of synaptic plasticity mechanisms in learning and memory formation. Dr. Larson studies mouse models for diseases affecting learning and memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Of particular interest is the neurobiology of Fragile X Syndrome, a monogenetic disorder that is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the most common known cause of autism. Dr. Larson is also interested in the synaptic and cellular mechanisms responsible for neuronal damage after oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) as occurs in stroke.

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Amy W. Lasek PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anatomy and Cell Biology
Dr. Lasek is interested in the molecular and cell biological factors that contribute to alcohol use disorders and drug addiction. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Biology and Biochemistry and received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, Dr. Lasek was an Associate Investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she cultivated her interests in molecular neuroscience and addiction research.

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Orly Lazarov PhD

  • Professor
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dr. Lazarov is a Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lazarov started her scientific career as a graduate student at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. 

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Alex Leow MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.

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Jeffrey A. Loeb MD, PhD

  • John S. Garvin Chair, Professor & Head
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Dr. Loeb currently serves as the department head of the UIC Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation and previously was a professor in the department of neurology and the associate director of The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Chicago and went on to complete a residency in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston then followed by fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

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Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

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Ghanshyam N. Pandey PhD

  • Professor of Pharmacology with tenure, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Dr. Pandey is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry since 1981 and is Director of Mood Disorders and Suicide Research Program. His main research interests are in the neurobiology of mood disorders (bipolar illness and depression), schizophrenia and suicide. Dr. Pandey is nationally and internationally renowned expert on biochemical abnormalities associated with mood disorders and suicide. In Order to examine these neurobiological abnormalities, Dr. Pandey has been studying the role of monoamine receptors and receptor-linked signaling systems in the postmortem brain obtained from teenage and adult suicide victims and age-matched normal control subjects.

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Subhash C. Pandey PhD

  • Joseph A. Flaherty MD, Endowed Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics
  • Professor of Biochemistry in Psychiatry
  • Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research
  • Senior VA Career Research Scientist
  • Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Subhash Pandey is a nationally and internationally well-known neuroscientist in the alcohol addiction field and has contributed significantly towards a better understanding of the neurobiology of alcoholism. Two striking features of alcohol addiction are the rapid onset of tolerance to the acute effects of alcohol and the development of ethanol withdrawal symptoms after cessation of protracted ethanol consumption.

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Graziano Pinna PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Graziano Pinna

Amynah Pradhan PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Pradhan’s research focuses on the neuropharmacology of opioid receptors. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill University, where she studied the behaviorally relevant populations of mu and delta opioid receptors, and interactions between them. Dr. Pradhan then did a postdoctoral fellowship at AstraZeneca Montreal, where she helped characterize a novel protein involved with pain processing.

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Michael Ragozzino PhD

  • Department of Psychology, UIC

Dr. Michael Ragozzino's research program involves taking a neural systems approach to understanding the neurobiology of learning and memory. His interest focuses on investigating the principles and neural mechanisms that govern the ability to learn new rules and inhibit old rules under changing environmental conditions.

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Mark Rasenick PhD

  • Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
  • Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program
  • Research Career Scientist, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Rasenick’s work has focused on G protein signaling in the nervous system and the relationship of neurotransmitter activation to rapid modification of the cytoskeleton.  He has been particularly interested in how G proteins and the cytoskeleton work in concert to modify synaptic shape and to form a molecular basis for depression and the action of antidepressant drugs.

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Janet Richmond PhD

  • Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Richmond's Research. Synaptic transmission is the principal form of rapid communication between neurons. In this calcium-regulated process, synaptic vesicles are triggered to fuse with the presynaptic membrane at specialized active zones. Vesicle fusion releases neurotransmitter that binds to and activates post-synaptic receptors.

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Jamie D. Roitman PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychology
Jamie D Roitman

Mitch Roitman PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychology, UIC
Mitchell Roitman

Kuei Y. Tseng MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Kuie Y. Tseng

William E. Walden PhD

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Professor – Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
William Walden

Zaijie (Jim) Wang PhD

  • Professor of Pharmocology and Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutical Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Z Jim Wang

Richard Zigmond PhD

  • Professor, Department of Neurosciences, School of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University
Richard Zigmond

Mark Rasenick PhD

  • Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
  • Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program
  • Research Career Scientist, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Rasenick’s work has focused on G protein signaling in the nervous system and the relationship of neurotransmitter activation to rapid modification of the cytoskeleton.  He has been particularly interested in how G proteins and the cytoskeleton work in concert to modify synaptic shape and to form a molecular basis for depression and the action of antidepressant drugs.

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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Associate Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.

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Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Associate Head, Clinical Services
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Cook is the Director of Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Associate Head of Clinical Services in the department. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in treating comorbid psychiatric disorders for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor of Psychiatry.

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Alex Leow MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.

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Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

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Amynah Pradhan PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Pradhan’s research focuses on the neuropharmacology of opioid receptors. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill University, where she studied the behaviorally relevant populations of mu and delta opioid receptors, and interactions between them. Dr. Pradhan then did a postdoctoral fellowship at AstraZeneca Montreal, where she helped characterize a novel protein involved with pain processing.

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John Larson PhD

  • Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry
John Larson is Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry and Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in understanding the role of synaptic plasticity mechanisms in learning and memory formation. Dr. Larson studies mouse models for diseases affecting learning and memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Of particular interest is the neurobiology of Fragile X Syndrome, a monogenetic disorder that is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the most common known cause of autism. Dr. Larson is also interested in the synaptic and cellular mechanisms responsible for neuronal damage after oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) as occurs in stroke.

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