David Nielsen, Ph.D.
Director of the Toomim Laboratory for Psychiatric Genetics
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Research 151, Building 110, Suite 227
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: 713-791-1414 ext. 6289
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Biochemistry
Graduate School: University of Chicago, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
Research and Clinical Interests:
David Nielsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine, performs pharmacogenetic research aimed at understanding the inter-individual differences in pharmacogenetic components that modulate therapeutic response of treatment of psychostimulant addiction, vaccines for the treatment of addictions, vulnerability to develop cocaine and nicotine addiction, and recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI). He also studies the epigenetics of addictive drugs, cocaine associated decreases in brain white matter integrity, TBI, and maternal behavior.