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Jakob Hartmann, PhD


Jakob Hartmann, PhD


McLean Hospital


McLean Hospital Mental Health Research Scholars



For nearly 30 years, the funding provided by the Rappaport Foundation to physicians and researchers has allowed brilliance to flourish and breakthroughs to triumph in the areas of neurologic diseases and mental illness.

Jakob Hartmann, PhD, is an assistant neuroscientist in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Kerry Ressler and is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hartmann is the recipient of several honors and fellowships, including a research scholarship from the German Research Foundation, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, a Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award, as well as travel awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Dr. Hartmann earned his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, where his research focused on the behavioral and molecular basis of individual stress vulnerability and resilience in the context of psychiatric disorders. His current research investigates the interaction of stress and immune pathways relevant to psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. He utilizes multidisciplinary methodologies ranging from single-cell RNA sequencing, genetic and transgenic approaches in mice, to human postmortem brain tissue analyses.