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Kristen Brennand, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Co-director, Science Fellows Program


Kristen Brennand, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine, having recently moved her laboratory from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. Her research combines expertise in genetics, neuroscience, and stem cells, in order to identify the mechanisms that underlie brain disease. Her focus lies in resolving the convergence of, and complex interplay between, the many risk variants linked to disease, towards the goal of facilitating the clinical translation of genetic findings. 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

Departments & Organizations