M. McLean Bolton started her research program at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience as an independent Research Group Leader focusing on disorders of neural circuitry in January of 2011. Prior to this appointment, she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology at Duke University Medical Center (2008-2010).
Bolton’s early postgraduate career was in ion channel drug discovery and developing high content screening platforms for neurological disorders (2000-2008). Before returning to basic research in 2008, she worked as a Research Scholar for the Duke Drug Discovery Center, a Senior Scientist at Icagen, Inc., a Scientist II at Amphora Discovery Corporation, and an Investigator at Cogent Neuroscience, Inc.
She received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Duke University in 2000 for her work on the regulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission in hippocampal cultures by brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Her thesis work was supported by an individual National Research Service Award.