David Olson

David Olson

Position Title
Assistant Professor

2463 Chemistry Annex

We investigate how small molecules regulate learning and memory by employing a multi-disciplinary approach involving organic synthesis, molecular neurobiology, and behavioral neuropharmacology.  The ability to acquire, store, and retrieve information is a critical function of the human brain.  As a result, impaired cognition characterizes nearly every brain disorder from Alzheimer’s disease and addiction, to schizophrenia, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Our research not only provides insight into the fundamental mechanisms of learning and memory, but also suggests novel therapeutic strategies for treating these debilitating neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • University Honors Program Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship (2018)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Early to Mid-Career Level, UC Davis School of Medicine (2016)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (2011-2015)
  • Ph.D. Stanford University (2011)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • B.S. Union College (2006)

Representative Publications