Susan Amara, Ph.D. is Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at NIMH, and Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology and Section on Molecular and Cellular Signaling. Work in her laboratory focuses on the structure, function, and cellular physiology of neurotransmitter transporters, including glutamate transporters and biogenic amine transporters, which are major targets for psychostimulant drugs and antidepressants.
Dr. Averbeck attained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1994. After working 3 years in industry, Dr. Averbeck returned to the University of Minnesota and completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2001, working in the lab of Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos. His thesis was titled, "Neural Mechanisms of Copying Geometrical Shapes".
Dr. Baker is Chief of the Unit on Learning and Plasticity in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition. He received his B.A. in Neuroscience in 1995 from the University of Cambridge in England, and his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1999 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he worked with Dr. David Perrett on neurophysiological studies of visual perception.