Professor J. David Jentsch
David Jentsch, Ph.D. is Professor Psychology, Psychiatry, and
Sciences at the Brain Research Institute, UCLA.
After the fire-bombing of his car by animal rights extremists, David founded UCLA Pro-Test in order to combat the violence and defend the critical research that he and his colleagues carry out. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the biomedical research advocacy group: Americans for Medical Progress. His own research focuses on an understanding of the neurobiological origins of psychoses and addictions, with a particular focus on translating that information into treatments for the disorders.
He coauthored Dopamine and Spatial Working Memory in Rats and Monkeys: Pharmacological Reversal of Stress-Induced Impairment, Specific developmental disruption of disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1 function results in schizophrenia-related phenotypes in mice, Repeated Intermittent Administration of Psychomotor Stimulant Drugs Alters the Acquisition of Pavlovian Approach Behavior in Rats: Differential Effects of Cocaine, d-Amphetamine and 3,4– Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“Ecstasy”), Phencyclidine Increases Forebrain Monoamine Metabolism in Rats and Monkeys: Modulation by the Isomers of HA966, and ΔFosB in the Nucleus Accumbens Regulates Food-Reinforced Instrumental Behavior and Motivation.
David earned his Bachelor’s degree in behavioral biology from The Johns Hopkins University (1992) and his Ph.D. in neurobiology from Yale University (1999). His graduate work, conducted under the supervision of Professor Robert Roth, focused on characterizing the biochemical changes in prefrontal cortical regions associated with prolonged experience with psychotomimetic and stimulant drugs of abuse.
Read A Target of Violence, 10 Questions for David Jentsch, and I’m Proud to Have Such a Courageous Colleague.