David Kokel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology



Dr. Kokel's research combines high-throughput technologies with complex behavioral phenotyping and large-scale data analytics. His approach is to develop systems-level analyses of how small molecules affect the nervous system, discover new neuroactive drugs, and then work backward to understand their mechanisms of action. The goal is to improve understanding of the brain and behavior and to accelerate the pace of neuroactive drug discovery.

Dr. Kokel and his lab focus on three main areas of research:

  • Psychiatric medicine
  • Movement disorders
  • Learning and memory

The Kokel lab primarily uses zebrafish as a model organism because they are wonderful animals with complex brains and behaviors but are small enough for large-scale chemical biology.

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