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Craig A. Stockmeier, PhD

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Division of Neurobiology and Behavioral Research
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Office: TR415
(601) 984-6675; Fax: (601) 984-5899


  • BA, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, Biology
  • PhD, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Anatomy

Current research

My research examines neuro-anatomical, neuro-pharmacological, molecular and genetic pathology in limbic brain structures in subjects dying by suicide and with psychiatric illnesses such as major depressive disorder, alcohol dependence, and schizophrenia. The subjects were collected over the past 30 years and are well-characterized regarding mental illnesses, medications and postmortem toxicology. Techniques used include 3-dimensional stereological cell counting, immunohistochemistry, laser capture microdissection, and next generation sequencing.

Current funding

  • NIH/NIGMS P30 GM103328
    Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience
    PI: Craig A. Stockmeier
    Grant period: 09/30/2013-07/31/2018

Select publications

  • Cobb JA, Simpson J, Mahajan GJ, Overholser JC, Jurjus GJ, Dieter L, Herbst N, May W, Rajkowska G, Stockmeier CA. Hippocampal volume and total cell numbers in major depressive disorder. J Psychiatr Res. 2013 47:299-306. PMC3757567.
  •  Rajkowska G, Legutko B, Moulana M, Syed M, Romero DG, Stockmeier CA, Miguel-Hidalgo JJ, Astrocyte pathology in the ventral prefrontal white matter in depression. J Psychiatr Res. 2018 Apr 7;102:150-158. PMC6005746
  •  Mahajan GJ, Vallender EJ, Garrett MR, Challagundla L, Overholser JC, Jurjus G, Dieter L, Syed M, Romero DG, Benghuzzi H, Stockmeier CA. Altered neuro-inflammatory gene expression in hippocampus in major depressive disorder. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2018 Mar 2;82:177-186. PMC5801125.
  •  Wray NR, Ripke S, Mattheisen M, Trzaskowski M, Byrne EM, Abdellaoui A, Adams MJ, Agerbo E, … Stockmeier CA … Børglum AD, Sullivan PF; Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Genome-wide association analyses identify 44 risk variants and refine the genetic architecture of major depression. Nat Genet. 2018 May;50(5):668-681. PMC5934326.
  •  Bryois J, Garrett ME, Song L, Safi A, Giusti-Rodríguez P, Johnson G, Demur AB, Fullard JF, Roussos P, Sklar P, Akbarian S, Haroutunian V, Stockmeier CA, Wray GA, White KP, Liu C, Reddy TE, Ashley-Koch A, Sullivan PF, Crawford GE. Evaluation of Chromatin Accessibility in Prefrontal Cortex of Schizophrenia Cases and Controls. Nat Commun. 2018 Aug 7;9(1):3121. PMC6081462.
  • Le François B, Zhang L, Mahajan GJ, Stockmeier CA, Friedman E, Albert PR. A novel alternative splicing mechanism that enhances human 5-HT1A receptor RNA stability is altered in major depression.  J. Neurosci, 2018 Aug 7 0902-18.
  • Complete list of published work in MyBibliography