Who We Are
Christopher J. Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Evans is currently director of the UCLA Brain Research Institute and Stefan Hatos Professor directing the Shirley and Stefan Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology in the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Evans is also director of a NIH-funded Center - The Center for Study of Opioid Receptors and Drugs of Abuse ( CSORDA), which has had continuous NIH funding for three decades.
Anne. M. Andrews, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry
Understanding how the serotonin neurotransmitter system modulates complex behaviors including anxiety, mood, stress responsiveness, and learning and memory. Current holder of the Shirley Hatos Endowed Chair in Clinical Neuropharmacology.
Arthur Brody, Ph.D.
Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine
Treatment and brain function in cigarette smokers. Uses positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to examine how effective treatments for smoking. Holder of the Shirley M. Hatos Term Chair from 2009 to 2012.
David E. Krantz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor-in-Residence, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms that regulate synaptic transmission, and the relationship between changes in neurotransmitter release and neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative illnesses such as addiction, depression and Parkinson’s disease.
Nigel T. Maidment, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Mechanisms of reinforcement are studied using in vivo microdialysis and primary culture measurements of monoamine, amino acid and neuropeptide transmitter release combined with behavioral models in both rats and receptor knockout mice.
Wendy M. Walwyn, Ph.D.
Associate Adjunct Professor, Associate Researcher, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Interested in novel pain-relieving strategies and targets, focusing on the opioid receptors present in the neurons that relay pain information.
Lara Ray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Lara Ray has an active program of research on the clinical neuroscience of alcoholism. Her research focuses on translating insights from addiction neurobiology to clinical populations affected by alcoholism. Dr. Ray’s studies apply insights from addiction neuroscience into treatment development for alcoholism, including novel medications tested in the human laboratory and in clinical trials.
X. Willam Yang, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics ; Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
In the Hatos Center, Dr. Yang focuses on addressing how the BG circuits may control the behaviors related to natural rewards and opioid rewards. Dr. Yang’s laboratory is interested in studying the cortical and basal ganglia (BG) circuitry and molecular mechanisms involved in normal behavioral control and in pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's disease.