Michael Gandal, M.D. Ph.D

Michael Gandal, M.D. Ph.D., is the William & Noreen Hetznecker Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Lifespan Brain Institute at Penn Med and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He holds secondary appointments in Genetics at Penn and Pediatrics (Division of Human Genetics) at CHOP. He received his BS in Engineering (biomedical computation) from Stanford University and his MD/PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, using electrophysiology to investigate neural circuit dysfunction in mouse models of schizophrenia and autism. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the UCLA-Semel Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurogenetics, characterizing the genetic contributions to shared gene expression alterations in human brain across several major psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gandal directs a developmental brain genomics research laboratory which seeks to translate the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders into concrete biological targets for therapeutic intervention and mechanistic understanding.