Ikwunga Wonodi

The University of Maryland, USA

Ikwunga Wonodi serves as an Associate Professor at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Program in Genetics and Genomic Medicine. He received his B.S. degree in comparative anatomy and his M.D. degree from the College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. In 1995, he became a Research Associate at the Research Center for the Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology of Ethnicity at Harbor, UCLA. He completed his psychiatry internship at the Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass, USA, in 1998. Thereafter, he completed his psychiatry residency following the extended Research Track at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt residency training program, after which he completed a 2-year Schizophrenia Research Fellowship at the MPRC, and joined the faculty in 2003. His research primarily focuses on endophenotype-based molecular genetic studies of schizophrenia in clinical and postmortem samples towards identifying candidate molecules for the development of rational pharmacology for schizophrenia-related neurocognitive deficits and pharmacological probe studies. His clinical expertise includes antipsychotic-induced movement disorders and ethnopsychopharmacology. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2010 Jeanne Spurlock Achievement Award.

Biography Updated on 19 December 2011

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