Francis Lee


Dr. Francis Lee, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and psychiatrist-in chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, is a neurobiologist and psychiatrist whose research focuses on anxiety disorders. He is a graduate of Princeton University and obtained his MD and PhD from the University of Michigan, followed by psychiatry residency training at the Payne Whitney Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He completed postdoctoral training in molecular neuroscience at New York University and the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Lee’s research has focused on connecting molecular neuroscience with psychiatry through mechanistic studies of how growth and plasticity factors, such as BDNF and endocannabinoids, contribute to the pathophysiology and treatment of anxiety disorders. He and his collaborators at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology have pioneered vertically integrated research strategies aimed at performing genetic mouse model studies in parallel with human behavioral and neuroimaging studies to identify how individual variation contributes to risk and resilience for mental illness, and how clinical treatments can be optimized based on the biological states of the developing brain. He has received numerous honors, including election to the National Academy of Medicine.

Title of talk:
Impact of neurotrophic factors on development of fear learning    

Dr. Francis Lee


Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian Hospital

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