Bachelor in Psychology summa cum laude, Boston University, 1978. Master of Arts in Psychology, University Pittsburgh, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology, Columbia University, 1985.
Research fellow California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1985-1988. Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1988-1990. Research associate pediatrics, assistant scientist, assistant professor Indiana University School Medicine, Indianapolis, 1990-1994.
Visiting scientist Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1994-1996. Program director genetics and biology, Division Basic Research chair genetics work group National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, since 1996.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society Neuroscis.
Married Jean Rose Freedman, August 9, 1998.