Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD

Dr. Calakos is an associate professor of neurology and neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Calakos cares for patients with movement disorders and maintains an active laboratory research program. Her laboratory studies the normal mechanisms of learning through synaptic plasticity and how these processes are disrupted in disease. Current efforts focus on understanding the contributions of striatal synaptic plasticity to behavior normally, as in the expression of habit, and in disease contexts such as compulsive behavior, dystonia and Tourette’s.

Dr. Calakos received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, her medical degree and doctorate degrees from Stanford University, and residency training in neurology at the University of California at San Francisco.

In addition to critical support from private foundations, her work is supported by the NIH. Her laboratory has been recognized nationally and internationally for its contributions. Awards include the McKnight Neurosciences Memory and Cognitive Disorders award, Klingenstein Fellowship in the Neurosciences, Harrington Discovery Institute Scholar-Innovator award, and NARSAD Young Investigator award.

Dr. Calakos has served on the board of directors for the American Neurological Association, NIH study sections concerning synaptic function and mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disease, and scientific advisory boards for Tourette’s Syndrome and Dystonia.

To learn more about Dr. Calakos, visit her lab webpage.