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 Associate 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. Shelly Flagel
neural circuitry underlying motivated behaviors of relevance to a number of psychiatric disorders
Dr. Francis Lee
molecular and neural mechanisms relevant to neuropsychiatic disorders using genetic models focused on growth factors


Dr. Fan Meng

Clinical Samples

Dr. Blynn Bunney
circadian rhythms in psychiatric disorders
Dr. Faith Gunning
Dr. Jennifer Keller
cognitive and affective components of major depression, interpersonal trauma and psychopathology
Dr. Juan López
psychiatrist, neuroendocrinology and depression
Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez
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. Devin Absher
analysis of genetic variants in human diseases
Dr. Margit Burmeister
human geneticist, genetic variations in mood disorders
Dr. Kenneth Kwan
neocortical circuit development and psychiatric disorders
Dr. Jun Li
statistical geneticist, analysis of gene expression datasets
Dr. Geoffrey Murphy
application of genetic techniques to mouse models
Dr. Marquis Vawter
genetic analyses in human psychiatric disorders, cell lines


Dr. Karl Deisseroth
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Dr. Camarin Rolle
Identifying invasive electrophysiological biomarkers for targeted DBS, and using iEEG simultaneous to scEEG to identify translatable, non-invasive biomarkers for TMS
Dr. Brendon Watson
eletrophysiologic and behavioral approaches to neurobiologic and psychiatric questions
Dr. Nolan Williams


Dr. Conor Liston
disruption of prefrontal cortical brain circuits in affective disorders and other neuropsychiatic diseases
Dr. Natalie Rasgon
neural correlates of the biomarkers of allostatic load in affective disorders



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. Maria Waselus
anatomy, neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity in drug abuse

Animal Models

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


Dr. Megan Hagenauer
microarray and cell type analyses in mood disorders
Dr. Elaine Hebda-Bauer
animal models of stress and vulnerability to neuropsychiatric disorders; gene expression/regulation analyses
Dr. Huzefa Khalil
sequencing analysis, human genetics and data analysis
Andy Lin
Dr. Nicolette Ognjanovski
electrophysiological signatures as biomarkers underlying sleep and circadian disorders
Dr. Kathleen Watson
research in mental health and metabolism including studies on insulin resistance and depression, cognitive aging, and the proteomics of major depressive disorder

Clinical Samples

Dr. Jennifer Bress
clinical psychologist, psychophysiology of depression and anxiety, digital and psychosocial interventions
Dr. Preston Cartagena
clinical psychologist
Maureen Chang
biological markers of severe depression
Dr. Avital Falk
clinical psychologist, OCD, anxiety
Dr. Alie Male
clinical biomarkers and neuroimaging in psychiatric disorders
Dr. Heather Pankow
clinical research coordinator
Dr. Julie Patterson
clinical psychologist
Dr. Peter van Roessel
neural correlates of insight and treatment susceptibility in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders


Dr. Kevin Bowling
methylation and RNA sequencing of human tissues and diseases
Dr. Benjamin Henderson
biomarkers and gene regulation in neuropsychiatric disorders
Dr. Jacob Loupe
gene regulation in the human brain and its contribution to neuropsychiatric disorders
Dr. Firoza Mamdani
genomic and translational studies of depression
Dr. Adolfo Sequeira
genetic analysis of suicide

Support Staff

Jennifer Fitzpatrick
research technician
Virginia Weinberg
clinical study coordinator and nurse