Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2012)

2003, 2001 Young Investigator Grant

Dr. Gordon, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, studies the effects of genes that predispose to psychiatric illness through brain function and behavior in animal models. A major effort in his laboratory involves recording neural activity from mice carrying induced mutations in genes or chromosomal regions that predispose to schizophrenia. Another major effort is aimed at identifying the effects of a deletion in the serotonin 1A-receptor (5-HT1AR) that leads to a phenotype of increased anxiety-related behavior. Dr. Gordon received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Francisco, prior to completing a residency in psychiatry and a Research Fellowship with Dr. Rene Hen at Columbia.

Curently Dr. Gordon is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and clinical research that seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

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