Adele Stewart, Ph.D.

Adele Stewart

Research Assistant Professor

5353 Parkside Drive

Jupiter, FL 33458

RF MC17, Room 104

p: 561-799-8100

Department: Biomedical Science


Adele Stewart received a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the moved on to doctoral training at the University of Iowa earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Charles Schmidt College of Medicine in 2014. Her thesis characterized behavioral and biochemical alterations in a novel knockout mouse model, identifying a critical role for Regulator of G protein Signaling 6 (RGS6) in motor coordination (Maity et al., J Biol Chem, 2011), anxiety and depression (Stewart et al., FASEB J, 2014) and alcohol dependence (Stewart et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci, 2015). As a postdoctoral fellow, her research in the lab of Dr. Randy Blakely, a longstanding leader in the field of monoamine transporters, has focused on how genetically derived dopamine dysfunction can be exploited to identify mechanisms driving psychiatric disease. Dr. Stewart moved with Dr. Blakely from Vanderbilt University to Florida Atlantic University in 2016 upon the establishment of FAU’s Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute. At FAU, Dr. Stewart’s work has focused on understanding how the phenotypic manifestation of shared genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric disease (e.g., ADHD, BPD and ASD) manifests differently depending on the sex of the subject as a consequence of fundamental differences in neurochemical and neurophysiological architecture of the dopaminergic neurotransmitter system. This work earned her a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation in 2020.


  • 2009: B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  • 2014: Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Work History

  • 2020-the present: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL
  • 2016-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL
  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Scholarly Activity

Honors and Awards

  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (2020)
  • SFN Trainee Professional Development Award (2019)
  • Scripps Research Fest Poster Award (2018)
  • FAU Brain Institute Travel Award (2018)
  • Travel Award “The Brain in Flux: Genetic, Physiologic and Therapeutic Perspectives on Transporters in the Nervous System”, Maintenon, France (2017)
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Travel Award (2015)
  • Nomination: Rex Montgomery Dissertation Prize (2014)
  • University of Iowa WISE Travel Award (2014)
  • ASBMB Travel Award (2014)
  • Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award, Iowa Technology Association Women of Innovation (2013)
  • Graduate Student Senate Travel Award (2012)
  • Tephly Student Travel Award (2012), University of Illinois Chancellor’s Scholar (2005-2009)

Professional Societies

  • Society for Neuroscience
Additional Information
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Florida Atlantic University
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