Our Team

Leadership

Robert O. Messing, M.D.

Robert O. Messing, M.D.

Director | Senior Advisor to the Dean on Research Strategy, Dell Medical School | Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Pharmacology & Toxicology

Dr. Messing joined the Center in 2013 and became its director in 2017. He has coauthored over 150 articles, book chapters and reviews and is a recognized authority on the neurobiology of addiction. His major interests are in alcohol and opioid use disorders, and co-morbid pain, anxiety, and mood disorders. He received an MD in 1979 from Stanford University and trained in Neurology at UCSF from 1981-1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at UCSF from 1984-86 with David A. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. He was a faculty member in Neurology at UCSF from 1986 until 2013 when he moved to UT Austin as Vice Provost for Biomedical Sciences to help launch the Dell Medical School. Dr. Messing was recipient of the 2002 MERIT Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and was founding Director of the NIAAA funded Alcohol Center for Translational Genetics at UCSF.

Harris

R. Adron Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Director | Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Pharmacology | M. June & J. Virgil Waggoner Chair in Molecular Biology

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.

Affiliated Faculty

Nigel S. Atkinson

Nigel S. Atkinson

Professor of Neuroscience
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Amy Brock

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
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Lauren Dobbs

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Juan M. Dominguez

Juan M. Dominguez

Associate Professor of Psychology
Christine L. Duvauchelle

Christine L. Duvauchelle

Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Johann K. Eberhart

Johann K. Eberhart

Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Kim Fromme

Kim Fromme

Professor of Clinical Psychology | Director, Studies on Alcohol, Health, and Risky Activities (SAHARA) Laboratory
Rueben A. Gonzales

Rueben A. Gonzales

Professor of Pharmacy | Jacques P. Servier Regents Professor in Pharmacy
Vishwanath R. Iyer

Vishwanath R. Iyer

Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Elizabeth Lippard

Elizabeth Lippard

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Mangieri

Regina Mangieri

Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Michela Marinelli

Michela Marinelli

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Stephen F. Martin

Stephen F. Martin

Professor of Chemistry | M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry
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Esther Melamed

Assistant Professor of Neurology
S. John Mihic

S. John Mihic

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Hitoshi Morikawa

Hitoshi Morikawa

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
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Charles B. Nemeroff

Acting Chair and Professor of Psychiatry | Director, Institute for Early Life Adversity Research
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Long H. Nguyen

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
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Kimberly Nixon

Associate Professor | James T. Doluisio Fellow in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Jonathan T. Pierce

Jonathan T. Pierce

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
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Mary M. Velasquez

Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence; Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute

Staff

Marsha Berkman

Executive Assistant to Robert O. Messing

Jayna Dixon

Research Manager, Harris Lab and INIA Neuroimmune

Niki (Katherine) García-Holmes

Communications Coordinator

Jody Mayfield

Scientific Editor