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Mikhail V. Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Molecular, cellular and system mechanisms of abnormal brain development and gene-environment interactions relevant to major schizophrenia and autism


  • English
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    • M.D., I.M.Sechenov Moscow Medical Institute, Moscow, Russia, 1986
    • Ph.D., P.K.Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia, 1990


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1999
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    Selected Publications

    1. Kannan G, Pletnikov MV. Toxoplasma Gondii and Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia: An Animal Model Perspective. Schizophr Bull. 2012 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print]
    2. Ma TM, Abazyan S, Abazyan B, Nomura J, Yang C, Seshadri S, Sawa A, Snyder SHPletnikov MV. Pathogenic disruption of DISC1-serine racemase binding elicits schizophrenia-like behavior via D-serine depletion. Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Jul 17. doi: 10.1038/mp.2012.97. [Epub ahead of print]
    3. Abazyan B, Nomura J, Kannan G, Ishizuka K, Tamashiro KL, Nucifora F, Pogorelov , Ladenheim B, Yang C, Krasnova IN, Cadet JL, Pardo C, Mori S, Kamiya A, Vogel MW, Sawa A, Ross CA, Pletnikov MV. Prenatal interaction of mutant DISC1 and immune activation produces adult psychopathology. Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Dec 15;68(12):1172-81. Erratum in: Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Feb 15;69(4):390.
    4. Ayhan Y, Abazyan B, Nomura J, Kim R, Ladenheim B, Krasnova IN, Sawa A, Margolis RL, Cadet JL, Mori S, Vogel MW, Ross CA, Pletnikov MV. Differential effects of prenatal and postnatal expressions of mutant human DISC1 on neurobehavioral phenotypes in transgenic mice: evidence for neurodevelopmental origin of major psychiatric disorders. Mol Psychiatry. 2011 Mar;16(3):293-306.
    5. Ayhan Y, Sawa A, Ross CA, Pletnikov MV. Animal models of gene-environment interactions in schizophrenia. Behav Brain Res. 2009 Dec 7;204(2):274-81.
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    • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    • Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
    • Neuroscience

    For Research Inquiries Contact

    CMSC 8-117
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    600 North Wolfe St.
    Baltimore, MD 21287-5371

    Phone: 410-502-3760
    Fax: 410-614-0013


    Administrative Assistant

    Lee Rorke
    Phone: 410-614-0010

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