Investigating Protein State and Location in Schizophrenia


Investigating Protein State and Location in Schizophrenia

Matthew MacDonald, PhD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Join us for the first Meet the PI lecture of the academic year featuring the research of Matthew MacDonald, PhD. Dr. Matthew MacDonald earned his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Training in Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry T32 program. His research program uses mass spectrometry to analyze protein networks in human post-mortem brain tissue. Dr. MacDonald is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in his field, creating an essential liaison between synaptic proteomics and psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia, by studying the proteome of the human brain and developing tools to characterize it. He is currently the principal investigator of an NIMH-funded R01 examining synaptic protein networks, genetic risk, and spine loss in schizophrenia and has also collaborated on a variety of federally funded grants within the Department of Psychiatry and across other departments at Pitt, including work on Alzheimer’s research.

This lecture will be a hybrid event.

You may attend Dr. MacDonald's lecture in the auditorium on the second floor of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital wearing a mask or participate via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, click on this link and enter the following information:

Meeting ID:   971 2843 0163
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