Sarah-Clinton-and-Ilan-Kerman-ed1The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of two new faculty scientists, Sarah Clinton, Ph.D. and Ilan Kerman, M.D., Ph.D.  Drs. Clinton and Kerman are married with one daughter and are currently at the University of Michigan and will be starting their independent research careers at UAB in January of 2011.  Both have been awarded highly competitive and prestigious K99/R00 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and both plan to convert to the R00 phase of these awards when they join us next year.

Dr. Clinton received her undergraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh, and earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.  Both her undergraduate and graduate work focused on neurochemical and neuroanatomical abnormalities related to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.  Dr. Clinton continued at the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as a Research Investigator, working in the laboratory of Dr. Huda Akil, where she helped to develop a novel animal model of comorbid anxiety and depression.  Using this model, she utilizes molecular, neuroanatomical, and behavioral approaches to examine how perturbed brain development may contribute to emotional dysfunction later in life.  Unraveling such complicated genetic, neurobiological, and environmental interactions in rodents will directly impact the understanding of the developmental neurobiology of disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Dr. Kerman completed his undergraduate education at New York University (B.A. in Biology).  He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  As part of his graduate work he studied the role of the vestibular system in cardiovascular regulation.  Disturbances in this system may contribute to a variety of conditions, including orthostatic intolerance, physiological disturbances that accompany space flight, as well as physical symptoms of agoraphobia.  He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley J. Watson, and is currently a Research Investigator in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan.  His research aims at understanding the organization of neural circuits that regulate homeostasis (maintenance of a stable internal environment), how such circuits interact with brain monoamine systems (i.e. serotonin and norepinephrine), and how these functional brain circuits are impacted by stress.  These studies contribute to the understanding of pathophysiologic mechanisms that underlie disorders such as major depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.  His research has been funded by the NIH, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), NASA, Department of Energy, and the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Please join us in welcoming them and their daughter Dara, to the Department of Psychiatry and the entire Neuroscience community here at UAB.  Their research will allow the Department of Psychiatry to continue its goal of conducting innovative research to improve patient care for the mentally ill.