Education: I completed my undergraduate training in Neuroscience and Chemistry at Amherst College, and subsequently received my MD/PhD from the University of Michigan as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  In my graduate work with Sean Morrison I studied the molecular mechanisms regulating the self-renewal of stem cells that give rise to both neurons and the non-neuronal cells of the brain ("glia"). As a postdoctoral fellow with David Rowitch I developed approaches to molecularly profile developing glia, with a focus on understanding the role of astrocytes in nervous system development. The Molofsky lab, established in July of 2015, studies the roles glia in brain development and synapse formation, with a particular interest in their interactions with the immune system.

Clinical training: I completed my residency in adult psychiatry at UCSF and obtained additional training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. I maintain a faculty practice at UCSF in the Langley-Porter Psychiatric Institute. 

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017  NIH New Innovator Award
  • 2017  Pew Biomedical Scholar
  • 2016  Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
  • 2015  Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • 2014  ACNP Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • 2013  APA-Pfizer MD/PhD Psychiatric Research Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2007  Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2006  Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • 1997  Phi Beta Kappa

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