UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Koek, Wouter PhD

School of Medicine
(210) 567-5480

Wouter Koek, Ph.D., obtained a bachelor degree in psychology, a masters? degree in physiological psychology and statistics, and a Ph.D. in behavioral pharmacology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. After post-doctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Michigan, he worked fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry (Institut de Recherche Servier, France; Pierre Fabre Medicament; France) to conduct drug discovery research aimed at developing new treatments for psychiatric disorders. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pharmacology. In 2005, Dr. Koek was appointed to the endowed START Center Medication Research Professorship.

Dr. Koek divides his time between research, education, and service. He conducts preclinical research using animal models relevant to alcohol and drug abuse. His studies examine how genetic factors, developmental factors, and their interaction influence vulnerability to drug abuse and other psychiatric disorders. This research, which is supported by NIH, NIAAA, and NARSAD, is aimed at contributing to the development of effective, scientifically based approaches to the prevention and treatment of these disorders.

Dr. Koek is invested in student education in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology. His educational efforts draw on his extensive experience with pharmaceutical drug discovery research, and on his experience with research- and statistical methods.

Dr. Koek is involved in several scientific societies and editorial boards of international scientific journals. He is a member of national and international scientific societies such as the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the Behavioral Pharmacology Society.

9/2009 - Present Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry
2/2005 - Present endowed START Center Medication Research Professorship University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry