PBRS 2017
Susan Amara

Keynote Lecture by

Susan Amara, Ph.D.

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Director of the Intramural Research program


Dr. Susan Amara is currently the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Amara received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Amara was a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator at Yale University and at the Vollum Institute in Oregon. She then served as the Thomas Detre Chair of Neurobiology and Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Dr. Amara’s main research interest is how centrally-acting drugs modulate brain function. Her laboratory examines the impact of psychostimulant and antidepressant drugs on the signaling properties, physiology, and regulation of two families of sodium-dependent neurotransmitter transporters, the biogenic amine and the excitatory amino acid carriers. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of AAAS, and a past-President of the Society for Neuroscience.