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Basic Life Research Scientist, Psych/Major Laboratories and Clinical & Translational Neurosciences Incubator
Bio Dr. Liang Ma is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University Schools of Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014). He completed postdoctoral research fellowships in genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and UTHealth.
During his graduate program, he studied potential genomic variants that contribute to schizophrenia risk by evaluating the two largest Han GWAS (Ma et al. 2013 Mol Psychiatry), CREB1 signal pathway (Ma et al. 2014 J Psychiatr Res), and mitochondria component NDUFS7 (Ma et al. 2013 Psychiatr Genet). During his fellowship, he studied which schizophrenia-related genomic variations, open chromatin regions, and DNA methylation sites are interacting with each other to influencing gene expression and splicing (Ma et al. 2019 Mol Psychiatry) (Ma et al. 2020 Mol Psychiatry). He has pioneered the analysis of human polygenic diseases that dissect gene structure and link the expression features to disease risk.
His research interest focuses on identifying risk genomic variations, genes, and in particular, splicing transcripts for human polygenic diseases; and investigate how genomic variations affect gene transcriptions and further contribute to diseases? risk. He specialized in genomics studies (genome-wide association study (GWAS), studies of RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and DNA methylation in combination with whole-genome sequencing (WGS)), and functional studies by employing molecular biology and cell biology approach. He established methods to discover risk splicing expression features and experimentally validate them. Using omics data and the methods he developed, he has identified a list of genes that potentially increase the risk of schizophrenia.
Kathryn S. Macia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry
Bio Kathryn Macia is a postdoctoral fellow in VA's Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination & Training Division, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. Her research interests focus on traumatic stress, substance use, emotion regulation, social support, interpersonal functioning, and homelessness among veterans and vulnerable populations, as well as advanced statistical methods.
Jose R. Maldonado, MD, FAPM
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) and, by courtesy, of Emergency Medicine and of Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center and, by courtesy, of Law
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Pathophysiology and Management of Delirium, Acute Brain Failure and Cognitive Impairment, Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury, Factitious Disorder & Munchausen's Syndrome, Cultural Diversity in Medical Care, Psychiatric Complications of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Conversion Disorder, Depression in the Medically Ill, Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Long-lasting changes in synaptic strength are important for the modification of neural circuits by experience. A major goal of my laboratory is to elucidate the molecular events that trigger various forms of synaptic plasticity and the modifications in synaptic proteins that are responsible for the changes in synaptic efficacy.
Alan G. Maloney
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio Psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst in private practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Rachel Manber, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests 1) Insomnia during pregnancy
2) Acupuncture for chronic low back pain