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Human Brain Collection Core


Director: Barbara K. Lipska

Barbara K. Lipska, Ph.D., has been a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for over 20 years, and a chief of a molecular biology lab at the NIMH. Primary research interests are in mental illness and human brain development. She conducted gene expression and epigenetic studies in postmortem human brain to investigate mechanisms of brain maturation, advance knowledge about function of the human genome, and elucidate molecular mechanisms underlying schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. She is an internationally recognized leader in animal modeling of schizophrenia, an accomplished scientific writer, an editorial board member, and a reviewer of grants and journal manuscripts. She has published over a hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Neuropathologists: Dr. Brent Harris (Georgetown Univ), Dr. Abhik Ray-Chaudhury (NINDS), Dr. Jose Paltan-Ortiz
  • Psychiatrists: Dr. Jose Apud, Dr. Stefano Marenco
  • Molecular Biologist: Dr. Ningping Feng
  • Social worker: Melanie Bose, LCSW-C
  • Technical assistants: Joyce Adams, Vesna Imamovic, Jewell King, Jonathan Sirovatka, Yeva Snitkovsky
  • Lab manager: Yiyin Liu
  • Database manager and bioinformatics: Robin Kramer