RRTP Research Mentors

You can work with a research mentor from any department at UCSF or any other academic institution in the Bay Area. This is only a sampling of possible research mentors. Be sure to also look at the Department of Psychiatry Research Faculty and Neuroscience Graduate Program Research Faculty lists.

Current basic science research mentors

  • Joshua Berke, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Neurology
    Research focus: neurobiology of motivation and adaptive decision-making​
  • Lisa Gunaydin, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: circuit basis of motivated behaviors in psychiatric disease​​
  • Mazen Kheirbek, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: neural circuits underlying emotional behaviors​
  • Devanand Manoli, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: neural, molecular, and genetic mechanisms of social attachment throughout development and in disease​
  • Anna Molofsky, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: astrocytes in neural circuit formation and function​
  • Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Depts. of Anatomy & Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: developmental origins of cellular diversity and cell type specification in the developing cerebral cortex
  • John L.R. Rubenstein, MD, PhD
    Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry
    Research focus: basic science, developmental health, forebrain, neuroscience
  • Stephan J. Sanders, PhD, BMBS
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: genomic and bioinformatic approaches to discovering the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders in humans, especially autism spectrum disorder​
  • Vikaas Sohal, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: basic science, neuroscience
  • Laurence H. Tecott, MD, PhD
    Professor and Maurice Eliaser, Jr. MD and Marjorie Meyer Eliaser Endowed Chair in Molecular Biology and Genetics in Psychiatry
    Research focus: behavioral neurobiology, genetics, molecular genetics, serotonini system regulation of behavior
  • Susan M. Voglmaier, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Resident Research Track Program
    Research focus: basic science, cellular neurobiology, molecular neurobiology, neurotransmitter release, synaptic vesicle recycling, vesicle trafficking
  • Mark von Zastrow, MD, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: cellular neurobiology, psychopharmacology, drug abuse
  • Lauren Weiss, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: genetic and molecular basis of autism
  • Jeremy Willsey, PhD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: genetic underpinnings of human cortex development, autism spectrum disorder, Tourette disorder

Current clinical/translational research mentors

  • Bibhav Acharya, MD
    Assistant Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: global mental health, implementation and assessment of mental health services provided by non-specialists​
  • Steven Batki, MD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: psychopharmacology in addictive disorders with a focus on impulsivity and co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury
  • Elissa Epel, PhD
    Professor and Vice Chair for Adult Psychology - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: cell aging, psychoneuroendocrinology, stress and coping
  • Judith Ford, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: brain imaging in schizophrenia
  • Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
    Professor - Depts. of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center
    Research focus: neuroscience
  • Andrew Krystal, MD
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: pathophysiology of sleep disorders and mood disorders and developing improved treatments for these conditions​
  • Scott Mackin, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: cognitive functioning and phenotypes of psychiatric disorders, cognitive evaluation and screening techniques
  • Christina Mangurian, MD
    Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity and Health Equity - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: mental health services research, schizophrenia, metabolic effects of antipsychotic medications, health disparities
  • Daniel Mathalon, MD, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Executive Board Member, Resident Research Track Program
    Research focus: anxiety disorders, brain imaging, electrophysiology, ERP, mood disorders, prodrome, schizophrenia
  • Susan Meffert, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: global mental health
  • Bruce L. Miller, MD
    Professor - Depts. of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: aging, Alzheimers, behavioral neurology, frontotemporal dementia, neurodegenerative disease, neurology, neuropathological perspecives
  • Thomas C. Neylan, MD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: brain imaging, clinical trials, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, PTSD
  • Aoife O'Donovan, PhD
    Associate Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: psychological stress
  • Michelle Porche, EdD
    Associate Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: population mental health, trauma, health disparities
  • James L. Sorensen, PhD
    Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: substance abuse and mental health, prevention and treatment of AIDS and other infectious diseases​
  • Josh D. Woolley, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Research focus: understanding the mechanisms and effects of oxytocin and psychedelic compounds to find new therapeutic treatments for a variety of psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, mood, disorders, chronic pain, mood symptoms in Parkinson's disease, PTSD, and substance abuse
  • Kristine Yaffe, MD
    Professor - Depts. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology and Epidemiology; Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair; DPBS Vice Chair for the Weill Institute
    Research focus: aging, cognitive aging