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Stephen Strittmatter

Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience; Chair, Neuroscience; Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair; Director, Memory Disorders Clinic; Director, Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

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Stephen Strittmatter, MD, PhD, AB

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Stephen M. Strittmatter earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 1980. He completed M.D. and Ph.D. training at Johns Hopkins in 1986 with mentorship from Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. He then moved to Massachusetts General Hospital for a medical internship and an Adult Neurology residency. While at Massachusetts General Hospital, he worked as a Research Fellow with Mark Fishman, M.D., exploring the molecular basis of axonal guidance. After a year as Fellow, he served briefly as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School before moving to Yale University in 1993.

He currently holds the Vincent Coates Professorship of Neurology and co-founded the Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair. His research has been recognized by honors from the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, the Ameritec Foundation, the John Merck Fund, the Donaghue Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jacob Javits Award of the NINDS and the American Academy of Neurology. He has been chair of the Department of Neuroscience since September 2021.

Education & Training

  • Clinical and Research Fellow
    Harvard Medical School, Mass. General Hospital (1991)
  • Resident
    Resident in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital (1990)
  • Intern in Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital (1987)
  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University (1986)
  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University (1986)
  • AB
    Harvard College (1980)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected MemberAssociation of American Physicians2024
King Faisal Prize for MedicineKing Faisal Foundation2021
Outstanding Investigator R35 AwardNINDS2016
Zenith Fellows Research AwardAlzheimer’s Association2013
Senator Jacob Javits R37 Neuroscience AwardNINDS2005
Ameritec Award for Spinal Cord Injury ResearchAmeritec2002
McKnight Brain and Memory Disorders AwardMcKnight Foundation2001
Donaghue Investigator AwardDonaghue Foundation1999
John Merck Scholar in the Biology of Developmental Disorders in ChildrenJohn Merck Fund1994

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