Craig Powell MD, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Craig M. Powell, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Director of the Civitan International Research Center. He holds the Virginia B. Spencer Endowed Chair and appointments in Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Cell Developmental & Integrative Biology. After earning a PhD in Neuroscience with Drs. David Sweatt and Dan Johnston and an MD with honor at Baylor College of Medicine, he trained in Neurology at UCSF serving as the Chief Resident. He then did a research fellowship with Dr. Eric Nestler at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). After earning an NIMH K08 and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, he then became a research-track Assistant Professor and started independent collaborations with Dr. Thomas Südhof and Luis Parada among others. He remained at UTSW for 13 years as faculty in the Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics becoming Full Professor after 12 years, taking on leadership positions along the way. He moved to his current leadership roles at UAB in Fall 2018. Dr. Powell’s research focuses on animal models of autism, intellectual disability, and other cognitive disorders. His laboratory uses molecular biology, protein biochemistry, neuronal morphology, acute brain slice electrophysiology, in vivo EEG/ERP recordings in mice, and rodent behavior. As site PI on recently funded Autism Speaks, Novartis, and foundation-funded clinical research studies, his research has expanded from animal models to include patient-oriented research and future translation of basic research findings into clinical trials for autism and intellectual disability.