Scientific Liaison

Manuel López-Figueroa, Ph.D., is the Scientific Liaison for the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. Dr. López is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the consortium including strategy, R&D, legal (IP & contracts) and financial, to facilitate the commercialization of discoveries to fund additional research. Dr. López is also a Vice President at Bay City Capital and has been with the firm since July 2001. Bay City Capital was established in 1997 for the purpose of managing investment funds in the life sciences industry. The company manages seven venture funds representing $1.6 billion in capital invested in over 85 companies. Dr. López specializes in evaluating investment opportunities with an emphasis on CNS. Dr. López has over 15 years of experience in the field of Neuroscience, has won numerous awards during his academic research career, and has published extensively. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. López received a Ph.D. in Medicine and Surgery, and a M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Universities of Las Palmas and La Laguna, Spain, respectively.


Scientific Coordinator

Cortney A. Turner, Ph.D. is the Scientific Coordinator for the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. Dr. Turner received her B.S. from Bowling Green State University in psychology and biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has received the Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholars Award in Psychiatry for her research. Dr. Turner facilitates scientific discourse between members to achieve the goals of the consortium. She also assists with data organization and management for the group using a web based query system. Her research interests include identifying biomarkers and novel therapeutics for depression and anxiety.


Principal Investigators

Animal Models

Dr. Francis Lee
molecular and neural mechanisms relevant to neuropsychiatic disorders using genetic models focused on growth factors
Dr. David Lyons
primate neuroendocrinology and genetics of stress coping
Dr. Paresh Patel
psychiatrist, gene expression in depression
Dr. Audrey Seasholtz
mouse models of psychiatric disease

Bioinformatics

Dr. Fan Meng
bioinformatician

Clinical Samples

Dr. Margaret Altemus
psychiatrist, psychiatric conditions and hormonal disorders
Dr. Blynn Bunney
circadian rhythms in psychiatric disorders
Dr. Adrienne Bronfeld
Dr. Richard Friedman
psychiatrist, psychotherapy
Dr. Bruno Giordani
psychiatrist, cognitive neuropsychological assessments in psychiatric disorders
Dr. James Kocsis
psychopathology, psychophysiology and genetics of affective and anxiety disorders; the treatment of depression in co-morbid conditions, such as substance abuse and epilepsy
Dr. Juan López
psychiatrist, neuroendocrinology and depression
Dr. Melvin McInnis
psychiatrist, genetics of bipolar disorder
Dr. Barnett Meyers
phenomenology and predictors of treatment response in psychotic depression
Dr. Srijan Sen
understanding the biology linking stress and depression
Dr. Richard Stein
effects of smoking status on genomic expression in the human brain
Dr. David Walsh
clinical psychologist

Genetics

Dr. Devin Absher
analysis of genetic variants in human diseases
Dr. Michael Boehnke
human gene mapping, genome-wide association studies and next generation sequencing based association studies, type 2 diabetes, bipolar disorder
Dr. Margit Burmeister
human geneticist, genetic variations in mood disorders
Dr. Charles E. Glatt
the role of genetic variation in the regulation of human emotions: using animal models to understand function
Dr. Kenneth Kwan
neocortical circuit development and psychiatric disorders
Dr. Alex Lee
Dr. Jun Li
statistical geneticist, analysis of gene expression datasets
Dr. Geoffrey Murphy
application of genetic techniques to mouse models
Dr. Laura Scott
statistical geneticist, bipolar disorder
Dr. Robert Thompson
microRNAs to assess psychiatric disorders
Dr. Michael Uhler
genetic mouse models and techniques
Dr. Marquis Vawter
genetic analyses in human psychiatric disorders, cell lines

Methods

Dr. Karl Deisseroth
applying integrated optical and genetic strategies to study neural circuit function
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Neuroimaging

Dr. Terence Ketter
understanding the etiology, phenomenology and treatment of bipolar disorder with a focus on brain imaging techniques, the development and course of the disorder, and clinical trials
Dr. Fabio Macciardi
clinical neuroimaging in psychiatric disorders
Dr. Natalie Rasgon
neural correlates of the biomarkers of allostatic load in affective disorders

Researchers

Anatomy

Dr. Roberta Calzavara
thalamic neuroanatomy in schizophrenia
Dr. David Krolewski
hypothalamic neuroanatomy, lipid metabolism in mood disorders
Dr. Vivek Kumar
Molecular interrogation and dynamics of monoaminergic systems in the locus coeruleus in mood disorders
Dr. Adriana Medina
hypothalamic and hippocampal neuroanatomy in mood disorders
Dr. Vikram Sharma
amygdala neuroanatomy in mood disorders
Dr. Maria Waselus
anatomy, neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity in drug abuse

Animal Models

Dr. Kathryn Hilde
animal models of mood disorders, gene expression analysis
Dr. Angela O’Connor
Role of the environment in the development of depression/anxiety, extracellular matrix
Dr. Joanna Spencer-Segal
animal models of acute medical illness and vulnerability to mood disorders
Dr. Cortney Turner
behavioral pharmacology, animal models of mood disorders

Bioinformatics

Dr. Megan Hagenauer
microarray and cell type analyses in mood disorders
Manhong Dai
bioinformatician
Andy Lin
bioinformatician

Clinical Samples

Dr. Justin Birnbaum
Dr. Benjamin Brody
Dr. Preston Cartagena
clinical psychologist
Maureen Chang
Dr. Rowena Gomez
Dr. Shelley Hill
Dr. Rona Hu
Dr. Jennifer Keller
Dr. Patricia Marino
Dr. Maureen Martin
clinical psychologist
Dr. Julie Patterson
clinical psychologist
Ashly Cochran
Chaya Gopin
Jessica Hawkins
Christina Mele
Sarah Moses
major depressive disorder, biological basic and psychophysiology of psychiatric disorders
Meng Zhang

Genetics

Dr. Kevin Bowling
methylation and RNA sequencing of human tissues and diseases
Dr. Yi Jin
Dr. Adolfo Sequeira
genetic analysis of suicide
Shweta Ramdas

Support Staff

Jennifer Fitzpatrick
research technician
Linda Gates
research technician
Hui Li
research technician
Brian Martin
research technician
Linda Morgan
research technician
Amy (Yu) Tang
research technician
Virginia Weinberg
clinical study coordinator and nurse