Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Dr. Blakely's research and mentorship have garnered multiple honors including the Daniel Efron Award from the ACNP, two Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation, a MERIT Award from the NIMH, a Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association and both the Astellas Award in Translational Pharmacology and the Julius Axelrod Award from ASPET. As Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Molecular Neuroscience, he formed the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Neuroscience Ph.D. Program in 1997 with Elaine Sanders-Bush Ph.D., and served for 12 years as the Director of the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Training Program in Functional Neurogenomics until his departure from FAU in 2016. From 2008-2016, he led the NIMH-sponsored Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research at Vanderbilt University. In 2016, Dr. Blakely moved to Florida Atlantic University as Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and as the inaugural Executive Director of the FAU Brain Institute. In his role as Executive Director, Dr. Blakely sets Institute priorities for research, education and outreach, oversees the development and acquisition of research infrastructure, leads recruitment efforts for Brain Institute Investigators, among other activities. Dr. Blakely is responsible for a dozen patents related to his gene discoveries and attempts to translate his findings into novel animal models and therapies. In 2009, Dr. Blakely was elected a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In 2015, he received the Delores C. Shockley Partnership Award in recognition of minority trainee mentorship. In 2017, Dr. Blakely was elected to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health and was elected to the National Academy of Investors. In 2019 he received the Southeastern University Research Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in STEM Education by the Cox Science Center and Aquarium. In 2021, Blakely was awarded the David J.S. Nicholson Distinguished Professorship in Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University.