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Austen Brooks Casey, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. He originates from western North Carolina, and has had a long-standing interest in drug discovery for major depression and schizophrenia, which was invigorated by initial coursework in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Austen has performed research in the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of novel ligands targeting serotonergic G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for neuropsychiatric indications including autism and psychosis. Currently, he is investigating neural circuits activated by psychedelic drugs, with the long-term goal of using modern techniques in neuroscience to complement drug design efforts toward the development of novel antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.