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Employment History

University of Michigan , DTF Chair


University of Texas Southwestern


University of Michigan


Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan


Honorary Board of Directors Member
IES Brain Research Foundation

Board Member
Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Scientific Advisory Board Member
Depression Center

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Board Member
Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Neuroscience Advisory Board Member
Gruber Foundation

Board Member

Foundation Scientific Council

Neuroscience Steering Committee
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Inc

American Academy of Art

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

Board Member
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Inc

Society for Neuroscience

Board Member
Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium

Member, Scientific Advisory Board
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Neuroscience Advisory Board Member
Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Institute of Medicine



University of Michigan


Mental Health Institute , University of Michigan


Columbia University


Institute of Medicine


Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute


National Academy of Sciences , online


U of M


University of Michigan Medical School


Wayne State University


behavioral neuroscience

University of California , Los Angeles


MBNI Distinguished University


The University of Michigan



American University of Beirut , Lebanon

master's degrees


American University of Beirut , Lebanon

undergraduate degree

American University

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Huda Akil, PhD Co-Director and Research Professor, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience IInstitute Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Science Advisory Council | OBI [cached]

Dr. Huda Akil, University of Michigan

A new factor in depression? A Brain Protein Discovery at the University of Michigan Medical School Could Lead to Better Treatments – National Network of Depression Centers [cached]

Aurbach and her mentor Huda Akil, Ph.D., worked with colleagues at the U-M Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and several other universities to make the discovery.

Huda Akil
Huda Akil, Ph.D.
"We call this approach 'reverse translation'," says Akil, who is the Gardner Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, a professor of psychiatry and co-director of MBNI. "We start by careful, broad scale analyses in the human brain to discover new molecular players that might play a role in triggering or maintaining the depression. We then follow them up in rodent studies to understand the role of these molecules and determine whether we can target them for new treatments".
Next steps
Aurbach, Akil and their colleagues are already performing more experiments to determine why FGF9 production rises, as well as to study it in other brain regions and to see how it affects communication among brain cells.
In addition to Aurbach and Akil, and co-first author and recent U-M neuroscience graduate Edny Gula Inui, the research team included other U-M faculty and students, and members of the University of California, Irvine, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Cornell University and Stanford University.

IES Brain Research [cached]

Huda Akil, Ph.D., Co-Director & Research Professor, Mental Health Research Institute, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ. of Michigan

Site Directors | Pritzker Consortium [cached]

Photo of Huda Akil Huda Akil, Ph.D. is the Co-Site Director at the University of Michigan, where she is the Co-Director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and the Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Psychiatry. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and her Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She performed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University. She has served as the President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society for Neuroscience. She has received numerous awards, including the Pasarow Foundation Award, the Patricia Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience (NARSAD) and the Mike Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award (SFN). She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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