Stal Shrestha

Postdoctoral Fellow - Neuroscape


UCSF – Mission Bay
Sandler Neuroscience Center
MC 0444, 675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco, CA 94158




Stal Shrestha started his research career in neuroscience at Harvard. He was awarded the medical scientist training program scholarship by the National Institutes of Health to pursue MD-PhD. Stal completed his MD/PhD from the tri-institutional National Institutes of Health, Karolinska Institute, and University of Miami. Stal obtained his PhD in Clinical Neuroscience program under the joint mentorship of Robert Innis (MD, PhD) at NIH and Per Svenningsson (MD, PhD) at Karolinska and obtained his MD from University of Miami.

Stal’s emerging interest in mood and substance use disorder led him to study the effects of early-life adversity and neuropsychopharmacology during brain development on the serotonergic and dopaminergic system using in vivo PET/MRI imaging and in vitro molecular techniques. As a physician-scientist, Stal is committed towards pursuing a career as a researcher involved in clinical and translational research, using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to explore the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders and substance use disorder within the context of neuropsychiatric disorders under the joint mentorship of Robin Carhart-Harris (PhD, Director of Psychedelics) and Josh Woolley (MD, PhD, Director of the Translational Psychedelic Research Program) at UCSF. Stal is particularly interested in investigating the efficacy and mechanisms of psilocybin in mood and substance use disorders.

Stal is looking forward to moving beyond the excellent technical training he received at NIH, Harvard, Karolinska, and University of Miami to learn about clinical research, and also to extend his knowledge of psychedelics exploring mechanisms and potential treatment using innovative technology and interdisciplinary collaboration at UCSF.

Stal is the recipient of the Henry N. Wagner Jr. Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Award, Alavi–Mandell Nuclear Medicine Excellence Award, International Young Professionals Award in Translational Neuroscience, Henry M. Jackson Fellowship for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and NIH Fellows Award Research Excellence.

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