Anna Victoria Molofsky, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Research Overview: 

Our group aims to understand the complex interactions between multiple cell types within the brain, including neurons, astrocytes, and microglia, and in particular, to define how innate immune signals shape healthy brain development, plasticty, and aging, both within the brain and in communication with peripheral immunity. Our goal is to achieve a cellular and molecular understanding of brain-immune communication that can inform new immune-based therapies for psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative illnesses.

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Research Summary: 
Brain-immune interactions throughout the lifespan
Mentorship Development: 

9/2020  Mentoring Across Differences
5/2021  Sharpening your Mentoring Skills (SyMS) 



Publisher Correction: Circuit and molecular architecture of a ventral hippocampal network.

Nature neuroscience

Gergues MM, Han KJ, Choi HS, Brown B, Clausing KJ, Turner VS, Vainchtein ID, Molofsky AV, Kheirbek MA

Regulatory T-cells inhibit microglia-induced pain hypersensitivity in female mice.


Kuhn J, Vainchtein ID, Braz JM, Hamel K, Bernstein M, Craik V, Dahlgren MW, Ortiz-Carpena J, Molofsky A, Molofsky A, Basbaum A

In situ and transcriptomic identification of microglia in synapse-rich regions of the developing zebrafish brain.

Nature communications

Silva NJ, Dorman LC, Vainchtein ID, Horneck NC, Molofsky AV

Genetically Encoded, pH-Sensitive mTFP1 Biosensor for Probing Lysosomal pH.

ACS sensors

Chin MY, Patwardhan AR, Ang KH, Wang AL, Alquezar C, Welch M, Nguyen PT, Grabe M, Molofsky AV, Arkin MR, Kao AW