Marc Diamond, M.D.

Director, Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Distinguished Chair in Basic Brain Injury and Repair


Marc Diamond, M.D., is a native of Berkeley, California. He graduated from Princeton University in 1987 with an A.B. in History. He entered the UCSF School of Medicine in 1987, and he carried out research on transcriptional regulation by the glucocorticoid receptor for two years with Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D. as a Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Fellow. Dr. Diamond received his M.D. from UCSF in 1993 where he also completed an internship, residency, and chief residency in Neurology in 1997. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Yamamoto until 2001, working on two polyglutamine diseases—spinobulbar muscular atrophy and Huntington’s disease.

Dr. Diamond joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology at UCSF from 2002-2009, before moving to Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, as the David Clayson Professor of Neurology. He joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2014 as the founding director of the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. He is interested in neurodegenerative diseases linked to protein aggregation, and the role of prion mechanisms in the normal and abnormal physiology of protein amyloids.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of California-San F, Medicine
  • Graduate School - Princeton University, History
Honors & Awards
  • Sandler Opportunity Award 2007
  • Leadership Award 2007, Huntington's Disease Society of America
  • Endowed Chari 2009, David Clayson Professor of Neurology
  • Foundation Award 2010, Ruth K. Broad
  • Scholar-Innovator Award 2012, Harrington
  • Distinguished Chair 2014, Brain Injury and Repair
Books & Publications
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Prion Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases