Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience

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   Bruce Citron, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience



Dr. Citron studies modulation of gene regulation relating to the health of neurons in the central nervous system after
TBI, Gulf War Illnesses, and other neurodegenerative disorders. His interest in molecular biology was inspired in Biology
and Chemistry at Colgate University, with internships under Dr. Donald Court, Biochemical Genetics Section, NCI, NIH
and authorship at the 1976 Cold Spring Harbor Bacteriophage Meeting. For his Ph.D. in Genetics at Iowa under Dr. John
Donelson he studied yeast gene transcription (first to express a functional eukaryotic carbon source metabolism gene in
bacteria) and as a postdoc he investigated liver specific genes under Dr. James Darnell at Rockefeller. During eight
years at the National Institute of Mental Health in Dr. Seymour Kaufman?s Lab. of Neurochemistry exploring aromatic
amino acid hydroxylases and related genes important to neurotransmitters he founded the Colgate NIH Off Campus
Study Group which still places about 15 undergraduates in NIH labs each Fall. Finally, Dr. Citron joined R&D of the
Department of Veterans Affairs in Kansas City (10 years), Bay Pines Florida (14 years), and since 2017 at the VA New
Jersey. Dr. Citron is married to a Microbiologist and has two children (one a director of experience design in NYC, and
one pursuing planetary sciences). When not at the lab he enjoys flying a Cirrus SR22 aircraft in the clouds. In
between, Dr. Citron serves on editorial boards and review panels.


Ph.D., 1982, University of Iowa, IA, Genetics

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