Samuel Dienel, PhD

Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh, BS, 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD, 2022

Representative Publications

Dienel SJ, Bazmi HH, Lewis DA. Development of transcripts regulating dendritic spines in layer 3 pyramidal cells of the monkey prefrontal cortex: Implications for the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Neurobiol Dis. 2017 Sep;105:132-141. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2017.05.016. Epub 2017 May 31.

Hoftman GD, Dienel SJ, Bazmi HH, Zhang Y, Chen K, Lewis DA. Altered Gradients of Glutamate and Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid Transcripts in the Cortical Visuospatial Working Memory Network in Schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 15;83(8):670-679. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.11.029. Epub 2017 Dec 7.

Dienel SJ, Lewis DA. Alterations in cortical interneurons and cognitive function in schizophrenia. Neurobiol Dis. 2019 Nov;131:104208. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2018.06.020. Epub 2018 Jun 22.

Dienel SJ, Enwright JF 3rd, Hoftman GD, Lewis DA. Markers of glutamate and GABA neurotransmission in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenia subjects: Disease effects differ across anatomical levels of resolution. Schizophr Res. 2020 Mar;217:86-94. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.06.003. Epub 2019 Jul 8.

Schoonover KE, Dienel SJ, Lewis DA. Prefrontal cortical alterations of glutamate and GABA neurotransmission in schizophrenia: Insights for rational biomarker development. Biomark Neuropsychiatry. 2020 Dec;3:100015. doi: 10.1016/j.bionps.2020.100015. Epub 2020 May 18.

Student Year


Career Advisor

Elias Aizenman, PhD

Thesis Advisor

David Lewis, MD

Graduate Program

Dissertation Title

Somatostatin Neurons in Prefrontal Cortical Microcircuits in Schizophrenia



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