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  • Neal Dilip Amin

    Neal Dilip Amin

    Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other

    Bio Neal D. Amin, MD, PhD received his bachelors in Biochemistry from Columbia University where he studied the structure-function relationship of neurexins and neuroligins, proteins implicated in familial autism. He continued his research interests as a medical and doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). Dr. Amin's doctoral research was conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Samuel Pfaff, where he studied spinal cord development and neurodegenerative disease. He used transcriptomics, mouse genetics, and deep phenotyping to uncover novel gene regulatory pathways driving the establishment of neuronal identity and function. Dr. Amin is currently a resident physician in the research track in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University with a particular interest in neurobiology and understanding molecular mechanisms behind neuropsychiatric disease. Within the lab of Dr. Sergiu Pasca, he uses human brain organoids derived from induced pluripotent stem cells to model neurodevelopment and neuropsychiatric disease.

  • Brandon Bentzley

    Brandon Bentzley

    Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Brandon received his bachelors in physics from The College of New Jersey. Upon graduating he spent a year conducting plasma physics research in a joint project between Princeton University and NASA. Brandon then turned his interests to addiction neuroscience and began his training in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). At MUSC Brandon completed his dissertation research with Gary Aston-Jones, PhD, studying the behavioral economics and neuroeconomics of drug self-administration in rats. Simultaneously, Brandon conducted clinical research on buprenorphine maintenance therapy, focusing on how patient perspectives influence treatment. Brandon is currently a resident physician in the research track in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Brandon's current research interests focus on developing neurostimulation-based treatments for substance use disorders within a neuroeconomic framework.

  • Matthew Louis Edwards

    Matthew Louis Edwards

    Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other

    Bio Matthew Edwards is a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His clinical interests are in community psychiatry and his research interests lie at the intersection of medical history, ethics and public policy.

    Matthew graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology and received a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2012. He received his MD with honors in research from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in 2017. He was a Pearce Fellow in the History of Medicine at the Clendening Library of the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2015.

  • Neir Eshel

    Neir Eshel

    Resident in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio I am a research-track psychiatry resident at Stanford Hospital, pursuing a career at the interface of research and clinical practice. I am interested in how we learn about rewards and punishments, how we make decisions based on this knowledge, and how these systems break down in neuropsychiatric disease. Before arriving at Stanford, I earned an MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School, where I used optogenetic, electrophysiologic, and behavioral approaches to probe the neural circuit regulating dopamine release. My goal was to provide insight into how dopamine normally functions during reward learning, and how this process might go wrong in neuropsychiatric disease. Prior to that, I conducted research at the National Institutes of Health, Princeton University, the World Health Organization, and University College London, exploring the development of reward processing over adolescence, the computational strategies we use to simplify decisions, and the neural circuit that underlies these processes in both mice and humans. Outside the laboratory and clinic, I play clarinet in chamber groups and orchestras and I'm a passionate advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health equality.

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