Faculty Promotions and Appointments

Faculty appointments and promotions were announced at a recent meeting of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Board of Directors.

Promotions include:

  • Koki Inoue, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Neuropharmacology. A member of TSRI since April 2000 and a lecturer at Osaka City University Medical School, Inoue (M.D., Ph.D., Osaka City University Medical School) is developing animal models of binge eating to identify the neurochemical bases of stress-related eating disorders. In related work, he is examining the role of stress-related neuropeptides such as corticotropin-releasing factor and the urocortins, in the regulation of food intake in non-pathological conditions.

  • Serge Ahmed, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neuropharmacology. Ahmed (D.E.U.G., Licence, Maitrise, D.E.A., Ph.D., University of Bordeaux II), who has been at TSRI since 1996, is interested in models that explain the underlying neurobiological processes of drug addiction. In collaboration with several researchers at TSRI, he is investigating: brain-expressed genes associated with increased drug consumption; alterations in dopamine transmission in the nucleus accumbens, a key region in the forebrain involved in drug reward; potential alterations in brain reward function during the transition to excessive drug consumption; and the dynamic aspect of drug intake regulation and dysregulation in computer simulation experiments.

  • Kazuhiro Kakimi, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. Kakimi (M.D., Ph.D., Kyoto University), who has been affiliated with TSRI since 1996 and also holds the position of assistant professor at Tokyo Medical University, is interested in the immunology of viral infections, including that of the leukemia virus, murine AIDS virus, mammary tumor virus, and Hepatitis B.

New appointments include:

  • Dianne McKay, assistant professor in the Department of Immunology. McKay (B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.D., University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School) comes to TSRI from Harvard Medical School (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hosptial). She is interested in T lymphocyte activation and T cell anergy, lymphocyte signal transduction, and IL-2R-mediated signal transduction.

  • Bonno Bouma, adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. Bouma (M.S., Ph.D., University of Utrecht), who is also professor at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, is interested in the biochemistry of hemostasis (the stoppage of blood flow through a blood vessel or the stoppage of bleeding) and thrombosis (the formation of blood clots).