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Brian G. Dias, PhD

Research Collaborator
Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory University School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry)

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar


Brain Dias, PhD, is a research collaborator at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center; he recently relocated from Yerkes and Emory to the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He grew up in India and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Dias’ research has investigated the neurobiology underlying stress, depression, social behavior and fear in rats, lizards, birds, fruit flies and mice. He seeks to understand how stress or trauma impacts mammalian neurobiology, physiology and reproductive biology, and how parental legacies of stress or trauma influence offspring. Armed with this understanding, Dr. Dias and his team aim to devise treatment interventions to lessen the effects of stress or trauma in both ancestral and descendant populations.

Toward this goal, Dr. Dias uses molecular, cellular, genetic, epigenetic, physiological and behavioral approaches to investigate how micro (genome, epigenome and hormones) and macro (ancestral, in utero and post-natal experiences) environments influence the biology of an organism and its responsiveness to stress or trauma. While most of his current work uses mice, generous collaborators have enabled Dr. Dias and his team to begin investigating the biological basis of behavioral states and neuropsychiatric disorders in nonhuman primates and humans. 

Dr. Dias’ work has been widely covered by media, including features in Nature, on the BBC and in a list of the 10 Most Important Discoveries of 2014 published by La Recherche Magazine.

In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Dias is interested in scientific innovation and education. This interest has seen Dr. Dias participate in the 2016 Sci-Foo Camp – an invitation-only ideas festival often described as a mini-Woodstock of ideas. Google, O’Reilly Media, Nature and Digital Science co-organized the festival.



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