About the PI

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 have 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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