About the Program

We seek to vigorously train a highly talented diverse group of postdoctoral researchers to integrate basic and translational research in the pharmacology, physiology and neurobiology of drug abuse. This training program will train inter- and trans-disciplinary researchers who can go on to develop independent and collaborative research programs that significantly advance the basic understanding and treatment of this important social and medical problem. This training program encourages participation of faculty mentors whose research grants specifically target drug abuse, as well as those whose research is critically important for the interdisciplinary training we seek to impart; thus offering fellows flexibility in developing truly interdisciplinary research projects between laboratories. The training will have a didactic component to foster quantitative reasoning skills as well as training to understand and maintain awareness of the ethical issues in research. The trainees will be provided with dynamic guidance to develop independent research projects that can serve as the basis to launch successful independent careers in substance abuse research. Mount Sinai provides a fertile environment and significant resources for this important training program that will contribute robustly to the national pipeline of highly trained interdisciplinary investigators working on drug abuse research problems.

Program Directors

Participating Faculty


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 Hurd is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics. She is also the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders.

Program Co-Director

Dr. Susana Neves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics. Her research focuses in understanding how certain inhomogeneities in signaling events (called signaling microdomains) contribute to signal specificity in neuronal transmission.

Contact Us

Lakshmi A. Devi, PhD
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Tel: 212-241-8345

Annenberg Building, Room 19-84
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Box 1603
New York, NY 10029