John Rubenstein, MD, PhD

Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry

Dr. John Rubenstein is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on regulatory genes that orchestrate development of the forebrain, the portion of the brain that consists of the cerebral cortex and other structures that control language, cognition, and social interactions.

His lab has investigated the roles of specific genes in regulating how cortical neurons mature during development. Their work aims to explain the mechanisms underlying human neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy.

He is a Professor in UCSF’s Psychiatry Department and directs the Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology.