The Chef

Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD

Karoly Mirnics was born on 08/06/1962 in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is an ethnic Hungarian. Karoly obtained his MD degree from University of Novi Sad School of Medicine in his home town in 1986 and his PhD degree from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary under the mentorship of Prof. Gabor Faludi. He arrived as a postdoctoral fellow to the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 where he was mentored by Drs. H. Richard Koerber and Pat R. Levitt. He established his own laboratory in 2000 at the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh, where he rose to the rank of associate professor in 2006. In 2006 his laboratory moved to the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 2010 he was named James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the departmental Vice-Chair for Research and Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

His research focuses on gene expression patterns of human brain disorders, gene-environmental interactions and transgenic animal models of human brain disorders. His research encompasses studies of schizophrenia, major depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, autism, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

He is married to Zeljka Korade, DVM, PhD, has two children (Marco and Emma). In his free time he enjoys reading and he is an avid chess player.