Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief Scientific Officer at McLean Hospital. He is the current President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIMH. He is a former HHMI Investigator and is a current member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Ressler began his role at McLean in August, 2015, after serving at Emory University for 18 years. He received his BS degree in molecular biology from M.I.T., and his M.D./Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. In 1992 at Harvard, he was the first student of Dr. Linda Buck (Nobel Prize, 2004), helping to identify the molecular organization of the olfactory receptor system. He did his postdoc with Dr. Michael Davis, one of the leaders in amygdala neurobiology and behavioral neruoscience.
Dr. Ressler’s work focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic and neuroimaging research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders, with a focus on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Work from his lab ranges from basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear processing to understanding how emotion is encoded in the amygdala, in mouse models and human patients.
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