Portrait Paul Greengard

Paul Greengard

Dr. Greengard received his Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University in 1953. Before joining Rockefeller in 1983 as a Vincent Astor Professor and head of laboratory, he was director of biochemical research at the Geigy Research Laboratories and a professor of pharmacology at Yale University. Since 1995, he has directed the Fisher Center for Research on Alzheimer's Disease at Rockefeller.

A major aim of Dr. Greengard's laboratory is to understand more fully the molecular basis of communication between neurons in the adult mammalian brain and to elucidate the molecular defects responsible for various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Over the last three decades, his lab has elucidated the molecular machinery by which nerve cells communicate, and has shown that errors in the biochemical steps that underlie this communication play a role in disorders as varied as Alzheimer's disease and depression.

Dr. Greengard is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among Dr. Greengard's many awards and honors are the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the 1998 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science or Technology and the 1997 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health.

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