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 on axonal growth during development and regeneration has been recognized by honors from 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.
|King Faisal Prize for Medicine||King Faisal Foundation||2021|
|Outstanding Investigator R35 Award||NINDS||2016|
|Zenith Fellows Research Award||Alzheimer’s Association||2013|
|Senator Jacob Javits R37 Neuroscience Award||NINDS||2005|
|Ameritec Award for Spinal Cord Injury Research||Ameritec||2002|
|McKnight Brain and Memory Disorders Award||McKnight Foundation||2001|
|Donaghue Investigator Award||Donaghue Foundation||1999|
|John Merck Scholar in the Biology of Developmental Disorders in Children||John Merck Fund||1994|