Emily Ferenczi, MD, PhD

United Kingdom | Fulbright S&T awardee 2010 | Stanford University | Systems Neurobiology


Emily came to the USA to do a PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University. She worked in Professor Karl Deisseroth’s lab where her thesis focused on using optogenetic functional MRI to understand the neural circuit basis of reward processing in rodents and how this becomes disrupted to produce symptoms such as anhedonia, a key feature of depression. Her research interests center around understanding how spatially distinct regions of the brain interact and synchronize, and how these interactions become disordered in neurological and psychiatric disease.

Emily studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and began her clinical training as a physician in London, where she worked as an academic clinical trainee at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square. In 2009 she gained membership to the Royal College of Physicians.

Emily is now continuing her clinical training in the USA, in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program, at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is excited to be working with, learning from and helping patients through their medical journey. Going forward, Emily hopes to continue to combine clinical work and research, gaining insights from both clinical practice as well as bench-side laboratory investigation, to help probe our understanding of the nervous system in new ways to develop new treatments and ultimately cures for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Away from the hospital and the lab, Emily loves to run and spend time in the great outdoors, on trails, on ski slopes and on tennis courts. She loves to travel and explore the world, and hangout as much as possible with family and friends.


Current Affiliation

Neurology Resident (2015-2019)
Harvard Neurology Residency Program
Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital



PhD (2015, Neuroscience) Stanford University, USA
MD (2006, Medicine) University of Oxford, United Kingdom
MA (2003, Medical Sciences) University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


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