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Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) - BSC Counselor - Dr. Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D

Randy D. Blakely is Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Director, Center for Molecular Neuroscience, Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University and completed his postdoctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. His lab studies the molecular basis for neurotransmitter transporter structure, function and regulation using chimera, site-directed mutagenesis and site-specific chemical modification strategies to explore the topology and quaternary structure of biogenic amine transporters. His research focuses on what molecules control the proper localization and activity of transporter proteins using genetic (C.elegans) and molecular biologic methods; he also evaluates whether human transporter polymorphisms impact the biosynthesis, trafficking and function of transporters and confer increased risk for autonomic, neurologic and mental disorders.