Michael Gandal, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Michael Gandal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Trained in clinical psychiatry and neurogenetics, Dr. Gandal specializes in treating neurodevelopmental, psychiatric disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Dr. Gandal is also a leading researcher in translational neuroscience and neurogenetics. Dr. Gandal runs a basic science research laboratory in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at UCLA which uses genetic and genomic sequencing technologies to pinpoint the precise molecular mechanisms in human brain that contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders including ASD. In addition, through CART, Dr. Gandal directs a proof-of-principle clinical study investigating the role of neural-immune activation on cognitive and behavioral symptoms in adults with ASD. Dr. Gandal has published more than 45 scientific articles and chapters on the neurobiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders, and his work has recently been published in leading scientific journals including Nature, Science, and Cell. Dr. Gandal’s research was independently recognized as among the top 10 autism studies in 2018 by both Autism Speaks and Spectrum, and his work has been featured on national news outlets including CNN, NPR, and the Washington Post.