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Kristen Brennand, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry


Kristen Brennand, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics at the Yale School of Medicine, having recently moved her laboratory from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. Her research integrates stem cell-based approaches with CRISPR-mediated genomic engineering strategies, in order to study the impact of patient-specific variants across and between the cell types of the brain. The goal of her research is to uncover the convergence and synergy arising from the complex interplay of the many risk variants linked to brain disease. Dr. Brennand’s work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the Brain Research Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral scientist
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies (2012)
  • PhD
    Harvard University, Molecular and Cellular Biology (2008)
  • BSc (Hon)
    University of Calgary, Biology (2002)

Professional Service

Biological PsychiatryAssociate Editor2020 - Present
Brain and Behavior Research FoundationScientific Council2020 - Present
NIMHBioengineering of Neuroscience and Vision Technologies (BNVT) study section2019 - 2022
Molecular AutismAssociate Editor2019 - Present

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