COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER 2011-2012 INCOMING LEON LEVY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS Christopher Cselenyi, M.D., Ph.D. earned his B.A. from the University of Miami with majors in English and Biochemistry. He wrote his thesis on epic simile and developed biophysical methods to study an enzyme involved in DNA damage and repair. Christopher then enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University where he earned his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees. In his doctoral research, he studied Wnt signaling using biochemically amenable Xenopus egg extracts. Christopher used egg extracts to address several problems in the field: receptor-mediated signal transduction, G proteins in Wnt signaling, and pharmacological modulators of Wnt signaling. After working with child and adolescent patients suffering from psychiatric diseases, Christopher decided to devote his career to understanding neurodevelopmental origins of psychiatric diseases as a child psychiatrist and developmental neurobiologist. At Vanderbilt, Christopher won awards for “most outstanding Ph.D. training accomplishments” and “most progress in clinical psychiatry.” Through the Levy fellowship, he will address the role of nervous system development on behavior. Atheir Abbas, M.D., Ph.D. earned his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University where he graduated magna cum laude. He entered the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. His research interests focused on the role of serotonin receptors in cognitive processes, regulation of serotonin receptor function in the brain, and mechanisms of action of serotonergic drugs. Atheir is author on a dozen publications in widely read scientific journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature, Nucleic Acids Research, and Pyschopharmacology. His research projects included a report on the molecular underpinnings of serotonergic-glutamatergic crosstalk, and an article on a novel method for measuring post-transcriptional RNA editing of serotonin 5-HT2C receptors. He recently received the Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc award for outstanding research. Through the Levy fellowship, Dr. Abbas plans to study neural correlates of psychiatric disease states using in vivo electrophysiologic techniques. Bradley Miller, M.D., Ph.D. earned his BS in Neural Sciences from New York University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, he studied mechanisms of short term synaptic plasticity and won the Sherrington Award for the best undergraduate neuroscience research. He earned his M.D., Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis. His doctoral research into the molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration was published in Nature Neuroscience and he was awarded the O'Leary Prize for outstanding research in neuroscience. Through the Levy fellowship, Dr. Miller plans to use rodent models to explore psychiatric illness at the molecular and circuit levels.