Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D.

(Executive Board | Executive Director)


Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tiny Blue Dot consciousness research foundation. He graduated from Pavlov Medical Institute (currently Pavlov Medical University) in St. Petersburg, Russia (former Soviet Union) with M.D. degree in 1977 and then rapidly completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1979. As a student he worked in the famous former Pavlov’s laboratory of the Institute of Experimental Medicine. In 1976 his paper won the Gold Medal for the Best Student Scientific Paper in the USSR among all sciences.

He emigrated to the US in 1979 to New York where he completed NYU-Belleview residency program in Psychiatry in 1985 and moved to UCLA as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He completed RWJ Clinical Scholars program in 1987.

Dr. Bystritsky has been on the UCLA Faculty since 1987. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Lynda and Stewart Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles where he directs the Anxiety Disorders Program and Brainstimulation Laboratory. Dr. Bystritsky published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has served as the PI and Co-PI on many NIH, foundations and industry sponsored grants. Over the years he earned several honors and awards including OCD Foundation Research Award (2006) and NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award (2009). He is also listed in the Best Doctors in America for the last 17 years. For several years he has been a Visiting Professor at a Full Professor level in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts working with Professor Ferenc Jolesz and Professor Seung-Schik Yoo investigating Focused Ultrasound Pulsation effects on brain using fMRI. Dr. Bystritsky authored several patents on image-guided neuromodulation of brain neurons using Focused Ultrasound Pulsation.

His current area of interest is neuroimaging guided brain stimulation. He is a part of collaborative research program on image-guided DBS with the department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He is also participates at UCLA LIFUP Center that studies the use of this new technology in brainmapping and treatment of epilepsy and other brain disorders with Drs Engrl and Stern. This collaborative group together with Brainsonix Corp. has recently began the first Human Trials of this technology. Dr. Bystritsky is also collaborates with physicists and mathematicians around the world in an attempt of creating mathematical models helping to understand how the brain works.