Wouter Koek, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio
Wouter Koek has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in physiological psychology and statistics, and a PhD in behavioral pharmacology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. After post-doctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Michigan, he worked fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry (Servier, Fabre) conducting drug discovery research aimed at developing new treatments for psychiatric disorders. In 2002, he joined UTHSCSA as a faculty member in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction of the Department of Psychiatry. He also has joint or cross appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy. Dr. Koek divides his time between research, education, and service. He conducts preclinical research using animal models relevant to alcohol and drug abuse, and to depression. His studies examine how genetic factors, developmental factors, and their interaction influence vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. This research, which is supported by NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, and NARSAD, is aimed at helping to develop novel treatments for substance abuse and for depression.