Dr. Deena Walker

Oregon Health and Science University, USA

Dr. Deena Walker, PhD earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology and PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Texas in Austin. She did her Postdoctoral training at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. 

About her research, Dr. Walker writes, "The Walker Lab studies the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the long-term consequences of adolescence experience on adult behavior with a specific focus on sex-specific effects. In humans, the adolescent period is associated with the emergence of psychiatric disorders including mood and substance use disorders. Experiences during this developmental window influence the susceptibility and progression of such disorders into adulthood. Additionally, there are striking differences between the sexes in vulnerability to psychiatric disorders as well as adolescent progression. We use a range of cellular and molecular approaches to understand how sex differences in adolescent brain development are shaped by environmental experiences, with the goal of identifying therapeutic interventions for all vulnerable populations."