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E. Chris Muly, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Staff Physician
Atlanta Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Affiliate Scientist
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Phone: 404-727-9603

Fax: 404-727-1266



Dr. Muly has a longstanding interest in schizophrenia and is pursuing research aimed at increasing our understanding of this illness and its treatment.  This includes preclinical studies of antipsychotic drug metabolism and binding within the brain, as well as participating in a large, multi-site VA study on the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

Recently, Dr. Muly has been engaging in research to understand how stress produces long lasting changes in behavior by altering the machinery of neural communication.  By determining how stress changes the localization of key signaling molecules in a rat model of uncontrollable stress he is seeking to shed light on how stress can induce pathological behavioral states in humans. 

Dr. Muly also practices psychiatry at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs General Mental Health Clinic where he works to help patients with a wide variety of mental illnesses and in particular post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  His current research focus is an outgrowth of his work with his patients and his desire to better understand the mechanism of PTSD. 

Dr. Muly collaborates extensively with fellow researchers at Emory and the VA including Drs. Donald Rainnie, Kerry Ressler, Leonard Howell, John Votaw, Jim Ritchie and Farooq Amin.  In addition he collaborates with a number of researchers outside of Emory, including Dr. Danny Winder of Vanderbilt University and Drs. Shao-Ming Lu and Harris Gelbard of the University of Rochester.