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September 3, 2002

Lynn G. Kirby, PhD, Named Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) - Lynn G. Kirby, PhD, has been named Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Kirby is a 1989 graduate of Swarthmore University, where she received a BA in Biopsychology. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed two National Institutes of Health/National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowships-one with Penn's Neuropsychopharmacology Training Program and the other with MCP Hahnemann University and the Children's Hospital of the Philadelphia (CHOP).

Her research interests focus on the effects of stress and stress hormones on the serotonin system of the brain. She is particularly interested in the pathophysiological consequences of stress and hopes to better understand the neurobiological substrates of stress-related psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Dr. Kirby is a former research scientist in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at CHOP and is currently an assistant member of the Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research Institute there. In 2002, she was invited to lecture at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Winter Conference on Brain Research in Colorado.

She is a 2002 recipient of the National Institutes of Health K01 Career Development Award and the National Alliance for Research and Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award, both from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Kirby has also authored or co-authored research papers in publications including Psychopharmacology, Neuroscience, Nature and The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

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