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 of Neurology
    Research focus: neurobiology of motivation and adaptive decision-making​
  • Benjamin Cheyette, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: signaling scaffold proteins in development and major psychiatric disorders​
  • Lisa Gunaydin, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: circuit basis of motivated behaviors in psychiatric disease​​
  • Mazen Kheirbek, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: neural circuits underlying emotional behaviors​
  • Devanand Manoli, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: neural, molecular, and genetic mechanisms of social attachment throughout development and in disease​
  • Anna Molofsky, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: astrocytes in neural circuit formation and function​
  • 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 of Psychiatry
    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 of Psychiatry
  • 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 of Psychiatry and 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 of Psychiatry
  • Lauren Weiss, PhD
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
     

Current clinical/translational research mentors

  • Bibhav Acharya, MD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: global mental health, implementation and assessment of mental health services provided by non-specialists​
  • Steven Batki, MD
    Professor
  • Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
    Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center
    Research focus: neuroscience
  • Andrew Krystal, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Vice Chair for LPPI
    Research focus: pathophysiology of sleep disorders and mood disorders and developing improved treatments for these conditions​
  • Christina Mangurian, MD
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and LPPI Director of Diversity
  • Daniel Mathalon, MD, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Board Member, Resident Research Track Program
    Research focus: anxiety disorders, brain imaging, electrophysiology, ERP, mood disorders, prodrome, schizophrenia
  • Bruce L. Miller, MD
    Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
    Research focus: aging, Alzheimers, behavioral neurology, frontotemporal dementia, neurodegenerative disease, neurology, neuropathological perspecives
  • Thomas C. Neylan, MD
    Professor
    Research focus: brain imaging, clinical trials, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, PTSD
  • James L. Sorensen, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: substance abuse and mental health, prevention and treatment of AIDS and other infectious diseases​
  • Owen M. Wolkowitz, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: psychoneuroendocrinology, particularly effects of stress and stress hormones on the brain (glucocorticoids, neurosteroids, neurotropic factors), psychopharmacology of depression and anxiety​
  • Josh D. Woolley, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Research focus: understanding the mechanisms and effects of oxytocin on social cognition to find new therapeutic treatments for a variety of psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, PTSD, and substance abuse​
  • Kristine Yaffe, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology; Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair; Psychiatry Vice Chair of Research
    Research focus: aging, cognitive aging