Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. teaches and directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University. She is a clinical and molecular geneticist who performs human genetic research. Her current research focuses on the genetics of many types of diseases including breast cancer, birth defects, heart disease, autism, rare and undiagnosed disorders.
Dr. Chung is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was also the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke.
She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the Genomics & Society Working Group.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Director of Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Human Genetics, Medical Genetics
Pearl Chiu teaches at the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and in the Virginia Tech Carilion Institute in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Chiu’s research team studies the neuroscience of how, when, and why humans make and change their decisions. Using functional neuroimaging, behavioral tasks, and quantitative analytic methods, Dr. Chiu’s group aims both to understand the brain mechanisms involved in healthy decision-making and to specify how these pathways may be disrupted and repaired in disorders such as depression and addiction that affect decision-making.
Dr. Chiu was a recipient of a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health, and her work has been published in outlets including American Journal of Psychiatry, Neuron, Biological Psychiatry, and Nature Neuroscience.
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Areas of Expertise: Decision-Making, Decision Neuroscience, Computational Psychiatry, Depression, Substance Dependence, Social Influences on Decision-Making, Motivation and Incentives
The “War on Drugs” is at the center of Columbia University professor Dr. Carl Hart’s recent book, High Price, a “complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds” that blends personal narrative with years of research on drugs and psychology—much of which, the New York Times says, challenges traditional assumptions of substance abuse.
Hart, the university’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences, is an expert on addiction, and has devoted 25 years to understanding the interaction of the environmental, neurobiological and psychological factors that influence human behavior.
In addition to his groundbreaking academic work, Hart is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and serves on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. He has been featured on WNYC, The Young Turks, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and PBS’s the Tavis Smiley show.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Psychology, Substance Abuse, Drug Addiction, Environmental Factors Affecting Human Behavior