We are a team of researchers who focus on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding brain development and function in health and disease.
Dr. Amanda J. Law is Vice Chair-Research. Department of Psychiatry. Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology and the Nancy L. Gary Endowed Chair in Children's Mental Health Disorders Research and Director of the Division of Neuroscience. She directs, and oversees basic and translational research in the Neurodevelopmental and Neuropsychiatric Genetics Program, in the Dept. Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, SOM. She obtained her BSc(Hons) and MSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology and Human Neurobiology, respectively from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester, UK. Dr. Law did her postdoctoral training and career development award (Medical Research Council, UK) at the University of Oxford, UK. In 2009 she joined the NIMH Intramural Research Program in Bethesda, MD as senior research scientist and laboratory lead. In 2012 she joined the University of Colorado, SOM as the Nancy L. Gary Endowed Chair in Children's Mental Health Disorders Research. Dr. Law's research is directed at understanding the neurodevelopmental and genetic origins of risk for schizophrenia with a view to identifying affected neurobiological processes and cellular pathways relevant to new treatments or interventions. As a neuroscientist, with strong training in psychiatry, molecular and cellular biology and human genetics, she combines multidisciplinary and translational neuroscience approaches; including studies of human postmortem brain tissue, human peripheral cell systems, and primary cell culture models with transgenic animal models and human genetics.
Research in our Division spans basic and clinical studies of brain development and function across the lifespan in health and disease.
Our faculty support and train graduate, postgraduate and resident trainees across several graduate school programs and within and across SOM departments