Alex Dranovsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Florence Irving Assistant Professor at CUMC
Undergraduate: Boston University, B.A., 1988-1992
Graduate: SUNY at Stony Brook, Ph.D, 1992-2000
Medical School: SUNY at Stony Brook, M.D., 1992-2000
Internship: Columbia University Medical Center, 2000-2001
Residency: Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2001-2004
Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2004-2006
Board Certifications: American Boarrd of Psychiatry and Neurology
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room Kolb Annex 157 Unit/Box:Box #87
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Virtually all mental and some medical illnesses are exacerbated by stress and alleviated by enriching experiences. Such experiences are thought to be causal or protective in cases of schizophrenia, anxiety/affective disorders, and substance abuse. Yet, the mechanisms by which experiences can confer or neutralize genetic risks for mental illness remain elusive. In a longstanding collaboration with David Leonardo, our lab is focused on deciphering how stressful and enriching experiences produce lasting changes in the postnatal brain, and how such changes can predict adaptive and maladaptive behaviors.