Jonathan Savitz, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Jonathan Savitz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Associate Professor of Community Medicine


Jonathan Savitz’s research integrates tools from neuroscience, immunology, psychiatry, and virology to understand the link between immune dysfunction and depression. He is particularly interested in the co-occurring phenomena of inflammation and impaired adaptive immunity in depression, their etiology, effect on the brain, and implications for public health.



  • Ph.D., University of Cape Town
    • Dissertation: “The molecular genetics of bipolar affective disorder: South African populations, endophenotypes, and environmental influence.”

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Immunopsychiatry
  • Biological psychiatry
  • Herpesviruses