Dr. Amelia Gallitano-Mendel, MD, PhD head shot

Contact Info

AZ Biomedical Collaborative 1
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Associate Professor
College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences

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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Molecular Neuroscience and Psychiatric Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001 – 2007.
  • Internship and Residency in Psychiatry: Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1997 – 2001.
  • PhD and MD: University of Pennsylvania, 1997.

Recent Publications

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Research Interests

Molecular psychiatry, schizophrenia, gene-environment interactions

Research Summary

The Gallitano Lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the dual genetic and environmental risk for neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. We focus on immediate early genes that are activated in the brain by environmental stimuli, including stress, and regulate processes disrupted in mental illnesses. Ongoing studies examine how Egr3 regulates effectors including Arc and the serotonin 2A receptor to influence synaptic plasticity, memory, and behavior.