Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD
Dr. Amara, who symbolizes a hero for many women is science, is an outstanding cell and molecular biologist. Much of her work relates to neuropsychiatric disorders, and she is best known for her work in understanding the structure-function relationship and physiology of neurotransmitter transporter proteins, which play important roles in neuronal communication, memory, and learning. These proteins are therapeutic targets for antidepressants as well as targets for psychostimulants (e.g. amphetamines). Dr. Amara currently serves as the scientific director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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