Salk Institute
Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine
Paul E. Sawchenko

Paul E. Sawchenko

Professor and Laboratory Head
Laboratory of Neuronal Structure and Function
Wylie Vale Chair

Paul E. Sawchenko, professor and head of the Laboratory of Neuronal Structure and Function, studies how the brain is organized to control such bodily functions as eating, drinking, blood pressure and response to stress.

Sawchenko's work attempts to understand the complex networks of brain cells that are involved in each of these essential functions, to identify specific molecules that affect communication between cells that make up these networks, and how these molecules are regulated under stressful conditions. These studies could have implications for the understanding and management of pathological conditions including hypertension, autoimmune diseases and stress-related psychiatric disorders, such as certain forms of depression and anorexia nervosa.


  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester
  • MA, Psychology, Long Island University
  • PhD, Biopsychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Salk Institute

Awards and Honors

  • Psi Chi
  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (1980-82)
  • McKnight Foundation Scholar's Award (1985-88)

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