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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, Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; Director, Memory Disorders Clinic

Contact Information

Stephen Strittmatter, MD, PhD, AB

Patient Care Location

Lab Location

Mailing Address

  • CNNR Program

    295 Congress Ave.

    New Haven, CT 06536

    United States



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.

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
King Faisal Prize for MedicineKing Faisal Foundation2021
Ameritec Foundation
The John Merck Fund
The Donaghue Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
Jacob Javits AwardNINDS
American Academy of Neurology

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