Featured Speaker

Third Annual Waggner Center Advance - March 27, 2015



Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., is Ward-Coleman Professor and Chair of the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics. Dr. Kenny also serves as the Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Institute. His multidisciplinary research involves the study of behavioral paradigms, physiological analyses, and the molecular underpinnings of neurobehavioral disorders. Dr. Kenny is actively investigating the brains of rodents to uncover new signaling cascades that may play a role in addiction-like behaviors.

The Kenny Laboratory is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of drug addiction, obesity and schizophrenia, with an emphasis on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in these processes. They employ a multidisciplinary approach that includes complex behavioral paradigms, physiological analyses and molecular biological techniques. Current projects include the utilization of vector-based delivery systems to modify gene expression in the brains of rodents to identify novel signaling cascades that may play a role in addiction-like behaviors.