Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.

Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.
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Scientific Council Member (Joined 2019)

2014 Distinguished Investigator Grant

2010 Independent Investigator Grant

2005 Daniel X. Freedman Award

2003, 2001 Young Investigator Grant

Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.

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Barlow Family Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Vanderbilt University
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Lisa Monteggia is the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on the role of the molecular and cellular basis of neuroplasticity as it pertains to neuropsychiatric disorders.  Her research has demonstrated a crucial role for brain-derived growth factor (BDNF) in antidepressant action.  She has also identified a novel synaptic mechanism underlying the rapid antidepressant action of ketamine.  She also studies the role of Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2), the gene linked to the autism spectrum disorder, Rett syndrome, on synaptic plasticity and behavior with implications towards a better understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders.   Her research encompasses molecular, cellular, behavioral and electrophysiological approaches using preclinical models.

Before moving to Vanderbilt University, Dr. Monteggia held the Ginny and John Eulich Professorship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  She is a Councilor for the Society for Neuroscience, a member of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Brain 2.0 Initiative Working Group, and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

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