Dr. Robert Messing joined the university in 2013 as vice provost for biomedical sciences and serves as director for the center. A distinguished addiction researcher, he studies the molecular mechanisms involved in addiction, anxiety and pain.
Dr. R. Adron Harris, a leading investigator of the molecular biology of alcohol and the human nervous system, joined the university in 1999 as the center’s director. Dr. Harris is author or co-author of more than 350 papers on the molecular biology of alcohol and the human nervous system. He is the recipient of the 1989 MERIT Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the 1999 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the 2004 Jellinek Memorial Award, an international prize given each year to the scientist who has made the greatest contribution to the understanding of alcoholism as a disease.