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Dr. Susanne Ahmari was appointed assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. She will use two grants to study what happens in the brain that leads to compulsive behavior and anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive behavior.

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Noteworthy: Appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. She will use two grants to study what happens in the brain that leads to compulsive behavior and anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive behavior.

Occupation: Psychiatrist and researcher

Age: 39

Community: Friendship

Family: Husband, Tobias Teichert

Education: Earned medical degree from Stanford University and completed residency in psychiatry at Columbia University. Bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and honors biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of two research grants that recognize her innovative work. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists will help her identify new treatment targets for compulsive behaviors. The MQ Fellows Award will help her integrate new technology to look at brain activity changes in real time during repetitive behavior.

Quote: “We're using a lot of novel techniques to really understand how circuits in the brain change.”

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