David Krantz, MD
2014 Friends Scholar
David Krantz has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA since 2001. He has directed the Research Track of the UCLA Psychiatry Residency since 2007 and currently hold the Joanne and George Miller and Family Endowed Chair in Depression Research at the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Dr. Krantz was an undergraduate at Brown University and completed the MD/PhD program at UCLA in 1991. He subsequently trained as a resident in psychiatry at UCLA and as a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF. His research is focused on understanding the relationship between synaptic function and complex behavior, with an emphasis on changes that that may accompany neuropsychiatric illnesses such as depression. A fellowship from the Friends of Semel will allow him to expand his research focus to include patient-oriented research as well as model systems, and to explore the mechanisms underlying neuromodulatory treatments for depression.