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Rad Scientist Podcast: Salk Scientist Studies Schizophrenia

Austin Coley is pictured in this undated photo enjoying wine in Temecula, Calif.
Kylie Magitz
Austin Coley is pictured in this undated photo enjoying wine in Temecula, Calif.
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Austin Coley was told he was not “Ph.D. worthy” while getting his masters. That didn’t stop him from getting his doctorate and continuing to research a mental illness that affected his uncle.

Coley studies what happens to brain cells that can cause symptoms associated with schizophrenia. He recently moved to San Diego to begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute. His project was just going through approvals when COVID-19 forced him to stay at home for multiple months.

Listen to his story on the latest episode of KPBS Explore podcast "Rad Scientist," where the scientist becomes the subject.