Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.


Professor, Adult Psychiatry Department
Stanford University
Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Pritzker Laboratory
Co-Director, Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and
Translational Neurosciences
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Malenka is a world leader in elucidating the mechanisms underlying the action of neurotransmitters in the mammalian brain and the molecular mechanisms by which neural circuits are reorganized by experience. His many contributions over the last 30 years have laid the groundwork for a more sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms by which neurons communicate and the adaptations in synaptic communication which underlie all behavior. He was trained as both a clinical psychiatrist and cellular neurobiologist and has been at the forefront of helping to apply the knowledge gained from basic neuroscience research to the treatment and prevention of major brain and behavior disorders.

Dr. Malenka received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard, and his Ph.D. in neuroscience and M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1990 and 1992, Distinguished Investigator 2007

Foundation Prizes: 2010 Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience Research