Dr. Andrew Czysz

Dr. Andrew Czysz

Dr. Andrew Czysz completed his medical school training from University of Illinois at Chicago and Residency in Psychiatry from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  He also has a PhD. In Neurosciences. He recently completed research training in clinical sciences.

Contributions to Science:

  • Heterogeneity in major depressive disorder remains a major barrier for understanding the underlying biologic determinants of disease and developing novel more effective treatments. I have led or been involved in several projects and analyses aimed at understanding molecular targets that influence disease outcomes. Notably, my work has led to the identification of adiponectin and sphingolipids has important predictors of antidepressant response.
  • Despite availability for decades, the basis of antidepressant medication action remains poorly understood. My Ph.D. work emphasized the study of non-canonical mechanisms of antidepressant action by probing alterations of G-protein signaling by antidepressants. Notably, I led the development of a novel approach for probing G-protein trafficking in cell culture using fluorescently labeled G-proteins. Using this technique my work demonstrated that antidepressants dramatically alter the diffusion of G-proteins in cell membranes, a completely novel role of these drugs.
  • Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/57293964/

Honors and Awards:

2018      ASCP Clinical Trials Workshop Travel Award, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

2017      Outstanding Resident Award Program – Honorable mention, National Institute of Mental Health

2017      Outstanding Resident Contribution to Medical Student Education, University of Texas Southwestern

2017      Research Colloquium For Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association

2016      Chair’s Choice Travel Award, Society for Biologic Psychiatry

2015      Erdos Research Prize for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine

2009-2013     Training in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Training Grant, University of Illinois College of Medicine

2008-2009   MSTP Institutional Training Grant as a Pre-doctoral Fellow, University of Illinois College of Medicine

2006   Wentworth Europe Scholar, University of Florida