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Kristen Brennand, PhD

Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry; Co-director, Science Fellows Program



Kristen Brennand, PhD is the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics at Yale University School of Medicine. She first established her independent laboratory in the Pamela Sklar Division of Psychiatric Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012, after having completed post-doctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and PhD studies at Harvard University. Dr. Brennand’s research combines expertise in genomic engineering, neuroscience, and stem cells, 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

Cell Stem CellEditorial Board Member2022 - Present
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