Michael Kuhar, PhD

Candler Professor of Neuropharmacology

Emory University - Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Office: Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Phone: 404-727-1737;Lab Number: 404-727-3274

Fax: 404-727-3278

Email: michael.kuhar@emory.edu

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Mailing Address:

Emory University

Yerkes National Primate Research Center
954 Gatewood Road, NE, Room 3159

Atlanta, Georgia 30322-3090

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  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1970
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, 1970-1972
  • Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, 1972-1985
  • Neuroscience Branch Chief, Intramural Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1985-1996
  • Chief, Division of Neuroscience, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, Emory University, 1996-Present


Research Area:
Drug Abuse
Research Interests:
General interests include drug receptors and neurotransmitters, particularly their involvement in therapeutics and disease. Special interests include mechanisms of drug addiction, neurotransmitter transporters, and novel neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitter transporters are major mechanisms of neurotransmitter inactivation in brain and are targets for a variety of therapeutically important drugs such as antidepressants. Transporters are also important targets for psychostimulant drugs such as cocaine and can be considered cocaine "receptors" that mediate the addicting properties of these drugs. Studies in our laboratory focus on mechanisms of regulation of transporters, the development of novel therapeutic agents for psychostimulant addicts, and the identification of novel neurotransmitters that mediate important physiologic processes. We employ a variety of molecular, biochemical, neuroanatomical, and behavioral techniques.