PA) - Lynn G. Kirby, PhD, has been named Research
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Kirby is a 1989 graduate of Swarthmore University,
where she received a BA in Biopsychology. She earned
her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania
in 1997. She completed two National Institutes of Health/National
Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowships-one
with Penn's Neuropsychopharmacology Training Program
and the other with MCP Hahnemann University and the
Children's Hospital of the Philadelphia (CHOP).
Her research interests focus on the effects of stress
and stress hormones on the serotonin system of the brain.
She is particularly interested in the pathophysiological
consequences of stress and hopes to better understand
the neurobiological substrates of stress-related psychiatric
disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Dr. Kirby is a former research scientist in the Division
of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at CHOP and is currently
an assistant member of the Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research
Institute there. In 2002, she was invited to lecture
at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Winter Conference
on Brain Research in Colorado.
She is a 2002 recipient of the National Institutes of
Health K01 Career Development Award and the National
Alliance for Research and Schizophrenia and Depression
Young Investigator Award, both from the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Society for
Neuroscience. Dr. Kirby has also authored or co-authored
research papers in publications including Psychopharmacology,
Neuroscience, Nature and The Journal of Pharmacology
and Experimental Therapeutics.
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