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