Program Leadership

Robert Levenson, PhD

MDPHD - Robert Levenson, PhD

Dr. Levenson received an A.B. from Bard College in 1967, an M.S. from New York University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in 1976. He also attended Medical School at the University of Florence in Florence Italy from 1968-1971. Dr. Levenson did postdoctoral work in cancer cell biology at MIT with Dr. David Housman. In 1984 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and received a joint appointment in the Section of Neurobiology. Dr. Levenson joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in 1994 as Professor of Pharmacology. From 2000-2002 he served as director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. He has received several awards including the Swebilius Cancer Award and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. In 2003 he was the recipient of the John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science from Bard College, and a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). He has served on numerous NIH study sections and has been a member of the MD/PhD Steering Committee since 1994. Dr. Levenson's research has focused on the molecular regulation of dopamine signaling and the etiology of schizophrenia. Recently, his lab has been utilizing zebrafish as a model system to study brain disorders as well as the regulation of inner ear development. Dr. Levenson is currently a senior member of the Yale Center for Neuroscience Research of Mental Disorders.