Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Drug Abuse Research

The Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Drug Abuse Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has flourished for more than three decades and has historically provided a rich and broad-based training experience in this discipline.  The program has been reconfigured to provide interdisciplinary training that maintains Sinai‚Äôs historical strengths and takes advantage of new intellectual, educational, programmatic and physical resources of the school. Under the leadership of Dean Dennis Charney, Mount Sinai over the past decade has recruited a highly renowned broad-based faculty in drug abuse research such as Lakshmi Devi PhD (Director of this program), Yasmin Hurd PhD (Co-Director of this program), Eric Nestler MD, PhD and most recently Paul Slesinger PhD. Recruitment of these world-renowned leaders in drug abuse research sets the stage for recruiting and training a new generation of scientists who can build the translational bridge between basic and clinical drug abuse research.

The training program has become interdepartmental and trans-disciplinary with training in both laboratory and clinical research. In addition, in order to encourage the interdisciplinary training, we now require all trainees to have primary and secondary preceptors. Thus we have designed our training program to provide a broader, more broad-based educational experience than is traditional, and to provide both basic and translational science training to both physicians and bench scientists. We have structured our training faculty to include scientists and physicians engaged in both basic science and translational research.

This training program is supported by grant number 5T32DA007135 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Program Director

Dr. Lakshmi A. Devi is Professor of the Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Departments. She is the Dean for Academic Development and Enrichment as well as Director of the Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Drug Abuse Research.

Program Co-Director

Dr. Yasmin L. Hurd is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics and the Ward-Coleman Chair in Translational Research.  She is also the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System. Her multidisciplinary molecular, pharmacological and behavioral research integrates translational preclinical and clinical laboratory studies.

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Lakshmi A. Devi, PhD
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