May 23, 2022

Dwivedi named 2022 Dean’s Excellence Award winner in Research

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Head shot of Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi, MD (Professor, Behavioral Neurobiology).Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.

Dwivedi currently serves as the director of the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology, the psychiatry residency director, co-director of the UAB Depression and Suicide Center, and the director of translational research for the UAB Mood Disorders Program. He is a passionate leader, mentor, and researcher in the area of molecular mechanisms in association with mood disorders and suicide. 

Dwivedi received his master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India, and his doctorate in biochemistry at Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India. He then continued in post-doctoral training as a research fellow at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, Ill., before becoming a faculty member there in 1994.   

In 2013, Dwivedi joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Psychiatry as a professor. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the molecular biology of mood disorders and suicide. Throughout his career, Dwivedi has published more than one hundred articles surrounding these topics and continues his research efforts to improve the mental health of our city and state, which has become an even larger community concern over the past several years.  

Dwivedi also serves as a member of the Neuroscience Strategic Recruitment committee, UAB NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training, UAB Faculty Council, and he chairs the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology Promotion and Tenure committee.