Richard Daneman, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
Photo of Richard Daneman, Ph.D., 2021 NINDS Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
University of California, San Diego, CA

Dr. Daneman fosters a collaborative and “happy” lab that produces excellent, rigorous science. Trainees describe his relentless enthusiasm for cultivating a positive and inclusive lab environment, and uniformly praised his holistic mentoring approach and long-term investment in their success, both in the lab and in life. Research in Dr. Daneman’s lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the function of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a specialized structure in the central nervous system (CNS) that is critical for proper brain function as well as protection from injury and disease. Using cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches, the lab seeks to elucidate the mechanisms underlying BBB function, thereby informing the development of therapeutics to rebuild the barrier, as well as drug delivery methods that bypass the barrier.