Office of Postdoctoral Education,

School of Medicine                                                                                   




1643 Pierce Drive, Room 307

Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: (404)-727-3302



Keynote Speaker


Raymond Dingledine, PhD

Professor and Chair, Pharmacology

MLSCN Principal Investigator, Chemical Biology Discovery Center


Raymond Dingledine received his PhD in pharmacology under Avram Goldstein at Stanford in 1975. He received postdoctoral training from Leslie Iversen and John Kelly at Cambridge, UK (1975-77), then Per Andersen at Oslo (1977-78). He joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978 and rose to Professor. During this time he spent a sabbatical year in Steve Heinemann’s lab at the Salk Institute in 1990-91. His career was profiled in Nature Medicine in 2002 (vol 8 p 772), and he was elected as an AAAS Fellow in 2003.


Dr. Dingledine’s research over the past 20 years has focused on the modulation of glutamate receptor-mediated synaptic transmission. His work as a whole integrates information from a variety of experimental strategies to contribute to a better understanding of epilepsy, with broad implications for other brain disorders including stroke and schizophrenia. His publications between 1990 and 1999 rank within the top 1% for impact factor in both neuroscience and pharmacology fields.


He was Editor of Molecular Pharmacology, which has the highest citation index worldwide of primary pharmacology journals. He has consulted for several major pharmaceutical companies, is currently on the scientific advisory boards of The Epilepsy TDP and of EmTech-Bio, is a co-founder of NeurOp, a biotech start-up, and serves on the Program Advisory Committee of Morehouse College Neuroscience Institute.


He moved to Emory University in 1992, where he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. At Emory he has accepted a variety of administrative responsibilities including co-chairing two school-wide strategic planning processes that resulted in a substantial expansion of the School of Medicine. He also serves as Executive Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine. All 12 of the faculty he recruited have received one or more nationally-competitive research prizes.


He and his wife have been married for 37 years and have two grown sons.