David Sulzer, PhD

Columbia University

Dave Sulzer is a professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Pharmacology, and at the School of the Arts at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received a PhD in biology from Columbia University. His lab has published over 250 studies on synaptic function, particularly of the basal ganglia and dopamine systems, and neuroimmunology, in normal and diseased states that are cited over 45,000 times (h-index 94). He is the founder of the Dopamine Society, the Gordon Conference on Parkinson’s Disease, and the journal Nature Parkinson’s Disease. He has received awards from the McKnight, Simons, Helmsley, NARSAD, Huntington’s, and Aaron Diamond Foundations and the Universities of Jerusalem, Minnesota, University College London, and national science foundations of Israel, Austria, Portugal and given named lectureships at the National Institutes of Health, Harvard, Yale, UCSF, Emory, UC Irvine, and the Vatican. He has trained 21 graduate students and 31 postdocs of which 8 are current, and his students and postdocs have received Fulbright, Marshall, and Regeneron awards for their work in the lab: past trainees are current professors at Columbia, Rutgers, Cornell, Yale, Lund, Pittsburgh, Jefferson, Tufts, Emory, Karolinska, Ecole Normale Superieure, and NYU, while others run pharmaceutical and biotech companies and one is the science editor at the Wall Street Journal.


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