Susanne E Ahmari, MD, PhD

Susanne E Ahmari, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

450 Technology Drive

Education & Training

Stanford University
Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University
Psychiatry, Columbia University
Anxiety and Affective Disorders, Columbia University

Specialty Certifications

Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Affiliations

Associate Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Member, Society for Neuroscience

Selected Honors & Awards

A.E. Bennett Research Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences, Klingenstein-Simons Foundation
Emerging Female Scientist Award, Carnegie Science Center
McKnight Scholar Award, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
Rising Star Award, Pittsburgh Foundation
Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Research Interests

Cortico-striatal circuit abnormalities; OCD; Cell/circuit mechanisms; negative reinforcement; Human post-mortem studies; synaptic abnormalities
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. I.D. Zike, M.O. Chohan, J.M. Kopelman, E. Krasnow, D. Flicker, K.M. Nautiyal, M. Bubser, C. Kellendonk, C.K. Jones, G.D. Stanwood, K.F. Tanaka, H. Moore, S.E. Ahmari, J. Veenstra-VanderWeele. (2017) OCD candidate gene SLC1A1/EAAT3 impacts basal ganglia-mediated activity and stereotypic behavior. PNAS. 114: 5719-5724. PMID: 28507136.
  2. J. Wood and S.E. Ahmari. A framework for understanding the emerging role of corticolimbic-ventral striatal networks in OCD-associated repetitive behaviors. (2015) Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 9:171-83. PMID: 26733823.
  3. K.M. Nautiyal, K.F. Tanaka, M.M. Barr, L. Tritschler, Y.L. Dantec, D.J. David, A.M. Gardier, C. Blanco, R. Hen, and S.E. Ahmari. (2015) Distinct circuits underlie the effects of 5-HT1B receptors on aggression and impulsivity. Neuron. 86:813-826. PMID: 25892302.
  4. S.E. Ahmari, T. Eich, D. Cebenoyan, E.E. Smith, and H.B. Simpson. (2014) Assessing neurocognitive function in psychiatric disorders: a roadmap for enhancing consensus. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 115:10-20. PMID: 24994503.
  5. S.E. Ahmari, T. Spellman, N.L. Douglass, M.A. Kheirbek, H.B. Simpson, K. Deisseroth, J.A. Gordon, R. Hen. (2013) Repeated cortico-striatal stimulation generates persistent OCD-like behavior. Science. 340:1234-1239. PMID: 23744948.

Clinical Interests

Obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorder; Evaluation of appropriateness for DBS

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Medical/graduate student & resident education; Combatting research racial and ethnic disparities