Randy Blakely, PhD

PhD, Professor of Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University


Dr. Randy Blakely holds the David J. S. Nicholson Distinguished Professorship in Neuroscience and is Professor of Biomedical Science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and the founding Executive Director of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute. He also serves as the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at FAU.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Blakely’s research has elucidated the structure, regulation, pharmacology and pathophysiology of neurotransmitter transporter proteins and has applied these discoveries to gain insights into neuromuscular, cardiovascular, cognitive, behavioral, disorders, including autism.

Dr. Blakely’s discoveries have resulted in more than a dozen patents, leading to his induction into the National Academy of Inventors. He is also an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).

Dr. Blakely has received numerous awards for his research and mentorship, including the ASPET Astellas Award and Julius Axelrod Prize, two Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation (BBRF), a Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a MERIT Award from the NIH.

BRAIN Funded Projects

Pharmacologically Remediable Traits of ASD in a Mouse Model Implicate a Serotonin – Neuroinflammatory Connection

Recent & Selected Publications

Stilley SE, Blakely RD. Rare Opportunities for Insights Into Serotonergic Contributions to Brain and Bowel Disorders: Studies of the SERT Ala56 Mouse. Front Cell Neurosci. 2021;15:677563. Published 2021 Jun 3. doi:10.3389/fncel.2021.677563

Quinlan MA, Robson MJ, Ye R, Rose KL, Schey KL, Blakely RD. Ex vivo Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of Serotonin Transporter Interactome: Network Impact of the SERT Ala56 Coding Variant. Front Mol Neurosci. 2020;13:89. Published 2020 Jun 8. doi:10.3389/fnmol.2020.00089

Areal LB, Blakely RD. Neurobehavioral changes arising from early life dopamine signaling perturbations. Neurochem Int. 2020;137:104747. doi:10.1016/j.neuint.2020.104747

Veenstra-VanderWeele J, Blakely RD. Networking in autism: leveraging genetic, biomarker and model system findings in the search for new treatments. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2012;37(1):196-212. doi:10.1038/npp.2011.185

BRAIN Synchrony Symposia presentations

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