Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD

Translational OCD Laboratory/ University of Pittsburgh

Susanne Ahmari, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Translational OCD Laboratory. After graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Honors Biology, Dr. Ahmari received her M.D.-Ph.D. from Stanford, where she used advanced microscopy techniques to make the first real-time observations of CNS synapse formation in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Smith. 2010, she received an NIMH K08 Career Development Award to develop translational research approaches in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia. She has received a number of awards in recognition of her efforts, including the McKnight Scholar Award, the NIMH BRAINS Award, the A.E. Bennett Research Award, and the MQ Fellows Award. She also sits on the scientific advisory board of several research foundations, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), ORCHARD, and the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).


Neurobiology of OCD: Molecules, Cells, and Circuits - CE