Positions

Associate Professor
Psychiatry Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Adjunct Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Research Health Scientist
Research
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Visiting Associate Professor
Kreek Laboaratory
The Rockefeller University
Houston, Texas, United States
Research Assistant Professor
Kreek Laboaratory
The Rockefeller University
New York, New York, United States
Bioinformatics Scientist, Group Leader, East Coast
InforMax, Inc
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Senior Staff Scientist
NIH/NIAAA
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Post-doc
Biochemistry
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Urbana, Illinois, United States

Education

PhD from University Of Chicago
Biochemistry and molecular biology
BS from University of Wisconsin

Professional Interests

  • Research

Professional Statement

David Nielsen, Ph.D. studies the genetics and epigenetics of psychiatric diseases, including pharmacogenomics of the treatment of the addictions and vulnerability to develop addictions. He has worked in the field of psychiatric genetics for the last 20 years and has numerous publications. He has an extensive background in the genetics of addiction, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Dr. Nielsen’s research aims are the understanding the inter-individual differences in pharmacogenetic components that modulate therapeutic response of treatment of psychostimulant addiction and of vaccines for the treatment of addictions. Studies are underway investigating the genetic moderation of the subjective effects of cocaine, vulnerability to develop cocaine and nicotine addictions and bipolar disorder as well as 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.

Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Epigenetics Society
Sigma Xi
Society for Neuroscience
College on Problems of Drug Dependence