Neuroscientist Gunaydin joins UCSF faculty

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Neuroscience researcher Lisa Gunaydin, PhD, has joined the Department of Psychiatry as an assistant professor in residence, along with a joint appointment at the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Her academic appointment begins today, May 16.

Gunaydin received her doctorate in Neuroscience from Stanford University, and has since worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford and in the laboratory of Anatol Kreitzer, PhD, at UCSF. She has extensive research experience in mouse behavioral analyses and neurophysiology.

As a graduate student, Gunaydin developed a less invasive method for monitoring electrical activity of neurons in freely-moving mice via fiber-optic cable. She has served as author or co-author of eleven academic research studies, her most recent paper exploring the role of the basal ganglia and connected prefrontal regions in the etiology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service. UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Laurel Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational, and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.