Scott Baraban PhD


• Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery
• William K. Bowes Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research
• Faculty Member, PIBS Graduate Program in Neuroscience
• Faculty Member, Neuroscience Graduate Program
• Faculty Member, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research


Scott C. Baraban is Professor of Neurological Surgery and William K. Bowes Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research at UCSF where he directs an epilepsy research laboratory in the Department of Neurological Surgery. His NIH-funded research focuses on translational questions and includes work on models of pediatric epilepsy in zebrafish and interneuron-based cell therapies for epilepsy. The first zebrafish models for epilepsy were developed in his laboratory nearly 10 years ago, and his group recently published the first high-throughput drug screen using a zebrafish model for Dravet syndrome. Laboratory publications have appeared in Journal of Neuroscience, PNAS, Neuron, Nature Communications and Nature Neuroscience. His research is funded by federal and private sources, and he has received several research honors, including the Basil O’ Connor Scholar Research award, Klingenstein Fellowship and NIH EUREKA award. He serves as the in-coming Scientific Program Chair for the American Epilepsy Society, on the editorial board of Experimental Neurology, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation.

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Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1987: BA, Johns Hopkins University
1994: PhD, University of Virginia
1994-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Department of Neurological Surgery
1996-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
1997-1999: Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Departments of Pediatrics (primary appointment) and Neuroscience (secondary appointment)
1999-Present: Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF