J. David Jentsch received his Bachelor’s degree in behavioral biology from The Johns Hopkins University (1992) and his PhD in neurobiology from Yale University (1999). After conducting post-doctoral training periods at the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University, Dr. Jentsch was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UCLA in 2001, where he is now a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry; he is also Associate Director for Research of the Brain Research Institute. His research focuses on genetic and neurochemical mechanisms that influence cognition, impulse control and decision-making in laboratory animals.
In reaction to escalating extremism amongst animal rights activists, which culminated in the firebombing of his car in 2009, Dr. Jentsch formed the group Pro-test for Science. He and his colleagues play a prominent role in scientific advocacy by coordinating the response of the scientific community to attacks against researchers. In line with these efforts, Dr. Jentsch is a member of Board of Directors of the biomedical research advocacy group: Americans for Medical Progress.