Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D. , has co-directed the program since 2007 and has been an MSTP training faculty member since 2003. Dr. Ressler is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. He received a BS in molecular biology at MIT in 1990, and received an M.D., Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1997. In 1992 at Harvard, he was the first student of Dr. Linda Buck (Nobel Prize, 2004), helping to identify the molecular organization of odorant receptors in mice. He is an active physician-scientist whose work focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology with human genetic research on fear and anxiety disorders. His clinical research focuses on the genetics and phenotypes that underlie Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with the goal of understanding the molecular mechanisms that contribute to fear-related disorders. In addition to his HHMI funding, he is currently PI on 2 NIH R01s and an RC1 grant, a Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Grant. He is also mentor on 2 NIH K awards and several NRSA pre-doc and post-doc awards. Dr. Ressler shares responsibility for students in the Program including monitoring progress and facilitating recruitment, particularly in matters pertaining to the highly popular and prestigious Emory neuroscience program. He also serves as the course director for the Clinical Research Conference, a class attended by all MD-PhD students. He is on the Neuroscience Program executive committee and is graduate training faculty in the GDBBS.
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