|Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences|
|Member, Bioinformatics GPB Home Area, Brain Research Institute, Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area|
Michael Gandal, MD PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. 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 UCLA and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurogenetics in the lab of Dan Geschwind, characterizing the genetic contributions to shared gene expression alterations in human brain across several major psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gandal joined the faculty at UCLA in 2017. The Gandal laboratory employs systems-level, functional genomic approaches in human brain to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Gandal also conducts proof-of-principle clinical trials to investigate the translational potential of basic research findings, using PET imaging to interrogate the functional significance of microglial activation in autism.