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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Simon J. Evans, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 936-2036
Fax: (734) 647-4130

Primary Programs/Services:
Labs & Bioinformatics


  • Ph.D. (1999), Oregon State University, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • B.S. (1989), Western Washington University, Biology

Clinical Interest:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Stress and Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Research Interest:

  • Molecular neurobiology of psychiatric illness
  • Role of hypothalamic dopamine in stress and reproductive behavior
  • Interaction between nutrition and psychiatric illness

Academic Appointment:

  • Research Assistant Professor

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • SJ Evans, PV Choudary, CR Neal, JZ Li, MP Vawter, H Tomita, JF Lopez, RC Thompson, F Meng, JD Stead, DM Walsh, RM Meyers, WE Bunney, SJ Watson, EG Jones and H Akil. (2004) Dysregulation of the Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) system in Major Depression. PNAS 101(43):15506-11.
  • M. Kabbaj, S. Evans, S.J. Watson and H. Akil. (2004) The Search for the Neurobiological Basis of Vulnerability to Drug Abuse: Using Microarrays to Investigate the Role of Stress and Individual Differences. Neuropharmacology 47, (suppl 1):111-22.
  • SJ Evans, PV Choudary, MP Vawter, J Li, JH Meador-Woodruff, JF Lopez, SM Burke, RC Thompson, RM Myers, EG Jones, WE Bunney, SJ Watson, and H Akil. (2003) DNA Microarray Analysis of Functionally Discrete Human Brain Regions Reveals Divergent Transcriptional Profiles. Neurobiol. Dis. 14:240-250.
  • SJ Evans, NA Datson, M Kabbaj, E Vreugendhil, RC Thompson, ER DeKloet, SJ Watson and H Akil. (2002) Evaluation of Affymetrix Gene Chip Sensitivity in Hippocampus using SAGE Analysis. Eur. J. Neurosci. 16:409-413.